Finishing an ash table to match (or complement) my beech/plywood chairs

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 01-24-2014 01:00 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2014 01:00 AM

I’m taking a shop class this semester. Our assignment: design and build a table out of ash. Has to be ash. But I do have some leeway as to how to finish it.

As luck would have it, I do need a table. But I need it to go with these beech/plywood chairs, which are very yellow orange.

I’d say they aren’t a natural fit with and ash table. However, (A) I don’t want to buy new ones; and (B) I MUST make the table out of ash. So that’s the way it is. Time to get creative. So I’d like to start experimenting with finishes to see if I can meld them.

Does anyone think there is a product or combination of products I could us on the ash to replicate the chair colors?

Failing that, I could color the ash much, much darker, so that it is contrasty. Perhaps with a bit of beech inlay or edging to tie the ensemble together.

Or, option 3, I could whitewash the ash. I have a couple of other pieces that are whitewashed, and those beech chairs look nice parked next to them.

Option 4, I could go for a really great more traditional “ashy” finish for the ash table…then change the color of the chairs.

Your thoughts are welcome.

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 01:28 AM

I’d leave the natural color of the ash. I personally don’t like to color any woods but in this case the lighter ash should contrast nicely with the darker chairs. JMO.

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