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Forum topic by wiskeyweasel posted 11-05-2012 11:03 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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wiskeyweasel

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11-05-2012 11:03 AM

Hey guys, I’ve been searching all over the place trying to find a wood that very closely matches the dark caramel colored grain in walnut. Either that or a stain color that would do the trick and the specie to apply it to. This is going to be for the panels for some doors and drawer faces in a solid walnut double vanity so I don’t want it to look like a checker board, but I do want them to stand out from the walnut just a little bit.

Hope this makes sense, and any help is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 11:09 AM

Might try experimenting with some dyes. I’ve had very good luck with them.

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 02:40 PM

Alder seems to be the best choice after some google foo.

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 02:47 PM

Why not just use walnut?

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 08:33 PM

The rest of the vanity is walnut, so using walnut kinda defeats the purpose. Unless I’m able to find several light colored boards. But making sure they all match would be tricky. I’ll have to check out the alder.

Thanks for the replies. Anybody else has suggestions I’d like to hear em.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 06:09 AM

I’d experiment dying or staining butternut.

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 01:12 PM

You weren’t really clear on the purpose, though you did say “complement.” So, my bad.

I’d experiment with A/B bleaching the walnut. I’ve had success with this before and will lighten the wood as much as you want. I’d bleach it back quite a bit and then add back color to taste.

Like MNgary said, my first instinct for a different wood choice is butternut, since it structurally looks like a lighter colored walnut.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 08:05 AM

thanks to all for the advise. Looks like I’m gonna take a stab at bleaching the walnut and bringing the color up. Thanks.

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