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radioactive2010

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01-27-2017 02:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain game cherry oak complementary

I am new to woodworking and don’t know much about staining other than how to apply it. I’m making a game board out of oak and am staining the board itself a natural cherry. There are numbered tiles that sit on top of the board, also made out of oak, so I want those to have a contrast from the game board. What would be a nice complementary stain to use for the tiles? Or should I just leave it the natural oak?


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#1 posted 01-27-2017 11:10 PM

Radio, you might consider walnut. Walnut and cherry look great together in cutting boards, but I don’t know how they would look as stains on (red?) oak. FWIW

-- Art

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 05:26 AM


Radio, you might consider walnut. Walnut and cherry look great together in cutting boards, but I don t know how they would look as stains on (red?) oak. FWIW

- AandCstyle

Art, after looking online at walnut and cherry, they would be my first choice, but they are out of my price range for what I’m making. Sure wish I could afford them! So I will be sticking to red oak. I will look into walnut stain and see if it goes well with the cherry. Thanks for the advice!

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 06:02 AM

A traditional treatment for oak is ammonia fuming which turns it dark. You can simulate with stain or dye. Or just ebonize.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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