Blending 2 different woods together (red oak/ cherry)

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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 07-31-2013 01:54 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 01:54 PM

My parents just put in some cherry (vinyl) flooring in our basement which looks great. They asked me to make some thershholds for the door ways and since we have red oak floors throughout the rest of the house they want me to use that for the thresholds. How would you guy blend the colors to make these different species match as best they can? Just a natural finish BLO and some poly, dyes, ? etc…

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 02:37 AM

Wood doesn’t always have to match, it is a common mistake a lot of people make, some times you want the contrasts in woods.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 01:35 PM

true. i think they are close enough. my they might not. I’ll put some oil based finish on it and see what they say

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 04:51 PM

The poly will even out the colour tone enough. The grain difference would be more apparent IMO. But who goes room to room inspecting the different thresholds for less than perfect uniformity? And these are to go with vinyl flooring? Just get ‘em done I say. Then move on to more fun, interesting or important projects. Life is short – sometimes I have to remind myself of this to move on to the next time-consuming thing.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 05:25 PM

thanks redSLED. i know what you mean. i forsee a jewelry box in my future

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 06:30 PM

Make a colored pore filler and meticulously fill the oak
pores. The filler should be darker than the way the
wood takes the stain you want to use because otherwise
the pores will show up as pale flecks. Once the pores
are filled you’ll find you can stain the oak to match
okay. That said, it’s not always worth the trouble,
but if you want to learn go for it.

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 07:18 PM

If you don’t get a close match then decide on a good contrast my 2 cents. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 10:56 PM

Perhaps separate the two with a trim piece (mopboard style?) of a more contrasting wood, like alder or maple?

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 03:22 AM

With a coat of my own danish oil blend (arm r seal/ BLO) the match is actually really nice. Nomad, i like that idea a lot actually. Something i might do in my own home someday.

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