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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 09-07-2010 03:30 AM 1913 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2010 03:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing home depot quater sawn quatersawn fuming stain danish oil poly

This weekend I happen to stop by the Barstow, CA Home Depot on my way back from Vegas to see how their redwood selection looked. Well, they didn’t have any redwood, but as I was looking at their red oak when I noticed a 3” x 10’ piece was quarter sawn. After a little digging, I found a total of three 10’ sections of quarter sawn red oak, at around $1.50 a foot. Perfect size for some of the wine cork displays I need to make for several coworkers. I’m pretty excited, I’ve never worked with anything quarter sawn before, and have been thinking about ordering some QSWO for the same project.

Now, I’ve worked with this red oak on several occasion with mixed results when finishing. The last time I used oil based wipe-on poly with pretty good results, I’ve also used danish oil and stains. I’ve been wanting to try fuming but I’ve heard red oak can get a greenish cast from the fuming.

Of course I’m going to cut off a few sample pieces to experiment with but I was wondering if anyone out there had some suggestion to really make the rays on this oak pop? I saw a post the other day where someone had used yellow die first and it looked really interesting. What other options are there to really emphasize the look of quarter sawn oak? Any suggestion or advice would be greatly appreciated!

-- David

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:51 AM

Take a look at the Pencil Box project I just posted – QS White Oak. I posted the finishing schedule I used and think it came out pretty nice. The schedule I used was one published by Jeff Jewitt, a renowned finishing expert.


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