Finishing question

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Woodwrecker posted 489 days ago 551 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Woodwrecker's profile


3559 posts in 2172 days

489 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing

I’m making a chair out of oak and there is light colored and dark colored wood combined.

I want to try and finish it to be a uniform dark reddish stained color with the grain still visible.

Can I get some suggestions?
Thanks a bunch.

-- Having fun...Eric

7 replies so far

View hjt's profile


773 posts in 1735 days

#1 posted 489 days ago

Eric – not sure but FLOOD makes GREAT products that may help you. I get that from my Glidden paint store, but even HD has some of their produsts. They make great stains used primarily for outdoor projects such as decks, fences and such. I’ve used thier Flood Wood Cleaner and Flood Wood Striper when I was building a perigolia and again when I was restaining a fence. I was amazed at how white the wood became. They then offer many colors of semi-transparent stains. Hope this helps you.

-- Harold

View gfadvm's profile (online now)


10538 posts in 1287 days

#2 posted 489 days ago

Eric, I like MinWax Gunstock stain on red oak better than any other I have tried. It wasn’t available in the little cans last time I checked so a quart is your only option. The Red Chestnut is a close second choice but a little red for my taste.

That darker oak may be some lighter when the surface is sanded/planed.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View CharlieM1958's profile


15651 posts in 2815 days

#3 posted 489 days ago

There are a number of colors you could use, but I don’t know how you’re going to get a uniform color unless you go pretty dark. And the darker you get, the less prominent your grain is going to be.

I’ll be watching to see what suggestions you get.

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

View runswithscissors's profile


894 posts in 622 days

#4 posted 489 days ago

Looks like reclaimed wood, for which I applaud you. I used reclaimed oak for my kitchen remodel, and it was all different colors. Some was white oak, much was red oak, and I decided to not worry about it. It’s a hand crafted product, and maybe shouldn’t look like particle board covered with same color/pattern contact paper. Let it display it’s unique heritage with pride!

Some craftsman made furniture of yore used different species, even, in the same piece. For example, we once had a pie safe that had oak stiles and walnut rails on the doors. People used what they had.

View Cosmicsniper's profile


2199 posts in 1755 days

#5 posted 489 days ago

Dye or stain to taste. It will not be uniform. Use the same dye or stain in a compatible finish (I like aniline dyes with dewaxed shellac). Tone the work. It will be uniform and very pretty. Be careful not to tone too much as the more you do it, the more grain you conceal. There’s a balance that you will find acceptable. When color is right, clear finish with whatever you want.

This is how kitchen cabinets can look so uniform despite the fact that they come from diverse sources and variations of wood.

-- jay,

View Sodabowski's profile


2001 posts in 1430 days

#6 posted 489 days ago

My two cents worth: why not fume the light parts with ammonia prior to assembly to get the same dark color everywhere? you can always check the color against the already dark parts until it fits…

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

11055 posts in 1702 days

#7 posted 482 days ago

It looks like it might tough to get them to all match with such a difference. I would try a couple of pieces of light and dark scrap cut offs first – sand and stain them to see if they come close enough to please you. If so, start cutting the parts for the chair. If not, look for more pieces of a more uniform color to start with….....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase