LumberJocks

What to use for an upcoming project??

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by siouxdawgs0409 posted 08-30-2010 02:48 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View siouxdawgs0409's profile

siouxdawgs0409

107 posts in 1748 days


08-30-2010 02:48 AM

I am looking for ideas on what lumber to use for a table I am going to build coming up. It needs to be dark. Is there anything that you can stain dark but would have a red tint to it. The floor in the room is a mahgonay on red oak and the rest of the furniture is a dark wood. I am thinking possibly walnut. I would use the walnut for the majority of the table but I am looking for the reddish tint dark wood for the stretchers to add a slight hint of color to it.


6 replies so far

View UnionLabel's profile

UnionLabel

660 posts in 1855 days


#1 posted 08-30-2010 03:20 AM

This may or may not be of any help, but I know a luthier who uses quilted birch, applies red shellac and then poly’s it. The effect is striking.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

View richgreer's profile

richgreer

4524 posts in 1729 days


#2 posted 08-30-2010 03:35 AM

I think walnut is a great idea for the main portion of your table. It is a great wood to work with.

Regarding an accent wood with a reddish tint there are several options. Bloodwood is the first that comes to mind. Bubinga is a close second. Redheart is also an option but I have never worked with it.

The primary difference between bloodwood and bubinga is that bloodwood has very little noticeable grain and some (not all) bubinga has a very distinctive grain.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15696 posts in 2873 days


#3 posted 08-30-2010 03:56 AM

I’m not sure exactly what color you are going for, but I made this table for my office using walnut with dark mahogany stain.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View siouxdawgs0409's profile

siouxdawgs0409

107 posts in 1748 days


#4 posted 08-30-2010 04:56 AM

That color is close Charlie, I am thinking walnut for sure now seeing that. If I put some sort of brown stain on the bloodwood do you think it would give it a brown color like the walnut and keep the reddish tint as well?

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15696 posts in 2873 days


#5 posted 08-30-2010 05:22 AM

Probably so. You will really need to try it on a scrap and see how it comes out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View RS Woodworks's profile

RS Woodworks

464 posts in 1906 days


#6 posted 08-30-2010 05:30 AM

African mahogany would be my choice.

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase