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Russell Eck

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07-02-2014 12:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: modern walnut color finish help

Hi everyone, this is my first post on lumberjocks! I’m not sure if this belongs under finishing or design but here is my question.

I am designing a tv stand and I want the wood/finish to be like the color of these pieces of furniture.

http://www.viesso.com/worth-bed.html
http://www.viesso.com/eldridge-tv-stand.html

They state they are “walnut” but to me they seem way lighter and almost have a neutral grayish undertone that I would like to achieve. Does anyone know if there is a specific species of walnut to get this look or if I could dye a different lighter wood, say maple, to achieve something like this. Any thoughts would help, thanks!


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mahdee

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 12:45 PM

These items are made with veneer. If you click on the “walnut” box on top right hand, it shows the real color of the product. If you want a lighter color close to the picture try white oak veneer.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 02:02 PM

That stuff hardly looks like walnut.

You can get close to the color shown with one of the “limed” stains.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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BinghamtonEd

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 02:13 PM



That stuff hardly looks like walnut.

- Clint Searl

Agreed, I thought it looked closer to ash than to walnut.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Yonak

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 02:16 PM

I rather like the design of that bed, if you have the room for it. It sets too low to the floor for me but I definitely like the seating all around.

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 02:34 PM



I rather like the design of that bed, if you have the room for it. It sets too low to the floor for me but I definitely like the seating all around.

- Yonak

I don’t want to know why you need that much seating around your bed. Well, maybe I do…

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Scootles

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 03:22 PM



I don t want to know why you need that much seating around your bed. Well, maybe I do…
- BinghamtonEd

made me giggle.

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Yonak

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 06:00 PM


I don t want to know why you need that much seating around your bed. Well, maybe I do…

- BinghamtonEd

I was thinking, like, putting on my shoes, watching the birdfeeder through the window, briefly watching something on TV that interests me without having to get into bed…. What were you thinking ?

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BinghamtonEd

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 06:03 PM


I was thinking, like, putting on my shoes, watching the birdfeeder through the window, briefly watching something on TV that interests me without having to get into bed…. What were you thinking ?

- Yonak

What to charge for admission.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Russell Eck

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 06:07 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I knew it didn’t look like walnut at all, I just wanted to know what wood, dyes, or stains would get me to that point

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Yonak

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 06:14 PM


Thanks for the info guys. I knew it didn t look like walnut at all, I just wanted to know what wood, dyes, or stains would get me to that point

- Stockfoot

It’s much easier and likelier to get successful results if you start light and go darker rather than the other way around. ..So I would say, choose a fairly light-colored wood with the grain you like, such as, perhaps, pecan, oak, butternut, ash, sassafras, hickory, etc., and experiment with stains until you get the hue you like. Check a stain chart for which stain or dye to try,

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Russell Eck

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 07:11 PM

I noticed the tv stand link I posted seems pretty neutral in the yellow undertones, any idea which dyes or stains would point me in that direction. It seems to me most colorants and finishes have a heavier warming effect on the color

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BinghamtonEd

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 07:40 PM

I think in the first picture of the TV stand (against the white background), it has a greyish look because of the setting. The second picture is much better. An oil, be it a penetrating oil, or an oil-based surface finish, is going to give it some yellow.

To get it like the second picture, I’d probably go with Red Oak, followed by Arm-R-Seal. BLO under it is optional (or at least I’ve seen minimal difference between Arm-R-Seal vs Arm-R-Seal + BLO). Edit : Quick google search turns up a table done by a fellow LJ-er that used red oak + Arm-R-Seal.

If you wanted it without yellowing, or more grey, Minwax Weathered Oak stain, followed by a water-based topcoat, might get you where you want to be. Check out this blog, someone does exactly that (although not with oak).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Russell Eck

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 11:23 PM

Thanks for the blogs, that gave me some extra info I needed. I’m not a fan of the oaks grain pattern so I was thinking of leaning more towards Butternut. I have never really seen it around or know much about it. Is it cheap, hard to get?

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bigblockyeti

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#14 posted 07-03-2014 12:16 AM

The first picture kind of looks like it might be black walnut sap wood. The second, the grain looks much different, like ash. If I were trying to replicate that look, I’d start with some ash samples and experiment with a few different finishes to see what worked. It might be a simple as a very light coat of black stain, given little time to penetrate.

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Russell Eck

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#15 posted 07-03-2014 01:33 AM

I did some research into butternut and it seems like it is really hard to get in my area. My goal is to use a combination of 3/4 plywood with veneer and solids. I think I am going to look into ash like you said. Is ash a blotch prone wood, should I be using analine dye instead?

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