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Forum topic by agroupergirl posted 174 days ago 605 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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agroupergirl

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174 days ago

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.

-- agroupergirl


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crank49

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#1 posted 174 days ago

You may have to use a dye; or fume it if it is oak.

An option, if you don’t feel like you got the finish off is to strip it.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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SuperCubber

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#2 posted 173 days ago

Staining it again probably won’t do a whole lot. Stain doesn’t penetrate like a dye does. Like crank said, a dye would be a better option to darken it up.

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agroupergirl

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#3 posted 170 days ago

Amazingly I tried staining it one more time and it took just a tidge more – it is now kind of a walnut type color with a tiny bit of red. I am going to call that done and then put the poly on it. Thank you for the replies.

-- agroupergirl

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 170 days ago

If you want oak to look like mahogany with chestnut on top you first need to make the oak look like mahogany. If you haven’t put the poly on yet gett some dark mahogany stain and give it a wash of that as well.

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