|Forum topic by agroupergirl||posted 02-08-2014 05:14 PM||1009 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-08-2014 05:14 PM
First, I would have to say I am not a woodworking professional but need advice. I have a table that I bought for about $10.00 at Goodwill. It ended up being Mahogany and it turned out beautiful. I used the Minwax oil based red chestnut stain on the table and their satin polyurethane for the final finish. I have two directors chairs that were a dumpster dive find and I believe them to either be white oak or red oak. I have stripped, sanded, and stained one of the chairs. I have applied the same Minwax stain to the chair; however, I cannot get it even close to as dark as the table – I have applied the stain in three different applications. I want to make it as dark as possible to match the table. The chair seems to be older (it has rivets and some of the grain is not very visible – even w/o stain or poly) and I would have to admit that it felt like I could not pull all of the old poly out of the wood – it has a very waxy texture even after sanding. I am considering trying one last staining application to the chair before poly in an attempt to darken it one last time. My questions are:
1) Will I ever be able to get red or white oak as dark as mahogany?
2) If I am able to stain it as dark, would you recommend another color – I do want to keep the red in the stain?
Thank you for any help any of you can provide.