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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 07-12-2011 03:24 PM 645 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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doninvegas

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07-12-2011 03:24 PM

A friend asked me to refinish this end table. It won’t take much work but I need to match the color. The cloest color I could find on the net was Hood’s light fruitwood stain. What do you all think?
Thanks,

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superstretch

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 04:07 PM

Is it actually stained? I looks like maple, but unstained. Perhaps amber shellac?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Sawkerf

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 04:58 PM

Welcome to one of the more challenging jobs in woodworking. Matching an existing finish usually requires that you know the wood species of the piece as well as the original stain/finish materials. Even knowing that doesn’t guarantee success since many pieces change color over time. Another factor is what’s been used to clean the piece (i.e. Pledge, Old English, Liquid Gold, etc.). These can build up and – eventually – change the color.

Since your piece doesn’t look damaged, I would suggest a good cleaning to strip away polishes, a light sanding, and a coat of clear polyurethane. If the end table has matching pieces (coffee table, etc.), I would do them all.

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Steven H

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 05:11 PM

We cant help you here.

People who can match color have been doing it for years and years. It’s fail and success experiments.

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MJWoodworks

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 05:22 PM

Minwax has a natural stain. But I would try just doing a test batch with no stain and just some varnish/poly under the table.

The table looks pretty good on the outside from your photo. Are there stain marks you can see to see if it was even stained anywhere?

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 05:25 PM

I’m with Dan. I don’t think it is stained at all. The color you see s most likely the result of the “clear” finish used. Most oil-based finishes will impart a yellowish tone like this, but getting it exactly right will be a real challenge. I don’t know how old this piece is, but keep in mind that colors change over time due to UV exposure and normal aging.

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

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