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541 days ago

Good Evening Jocks!

I’m looking for some real-world experience here. I’m getting ready to start a captain’s bed for my girlfriend with storage baskets underneath. It will be made from red oak with a few panels made from red oak ply. She has requested it to be “dark”, so I need some good suggestions on a stain(brand and color). I built a headboard for one of her boys, and a wall shelf for another…..I used dark walnut Watco on both, and neither turned out as dark as she or I was hoping….....thoughts????? I see General Finishes makes an “espresso”, maybe that will work?

Thanks folks,

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#1 posted 541 days ago

I like General Finishes gel stains. Their Espresso stain is pretty dark.

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#2 posted 541 days ago

S/W will show you an example then make what you want

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#3 posted 541 days ago

If you haven’t bought the red oak yet, just get walnut.

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#4 posted 541 days ago

I’ve used Minwax’s Red Oak stain and then used General Finishes poly over that, worked out great and nice and dark. If you want, look at my projects out of red oak, both were done with 2 coats of stain. Of course if you want it darker you can just add more coats or let it soak in more.

-- Ben from IL

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#5 posted 541 days ago

Min Wax Jacobean is really dark but try it on some scrap sanded to the same grit as your bed before you commit.

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