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10-30-2014 01:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: color stain type question

I really like this type of wood and its finish:


Dining room table:

1. Can any old wood furniture (such as oak) be stained to achieve this desired effect? Or is there a special type of wood being used in these pictures?
2. Which type of wood do you reckon this is? Oak? Mesquite? I’m totally lost.
3. Which color would you say it is?

Thanks, a bunch. I’m new to woodworking and I’m starting with small projects.

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 02:26 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks, yepitswood.

The type of figure that is showing is called ribbon grain, and is most closely associated with the mahogany variants (and I’m including sapele in that group although it isn’t a true mahogany). It can be found in a few other tropical species (e.g., jatoba), but not in anything that grows domestically.

You can’t stain other woods to match the effect, sorry. You could match the color, but not the grain.

As far as color, hard to tell. I’ve worked with sapele which was that dark brown color, and have some african mahogany which is the color of the apron on the round table. But if a stain or dye was used, it was probably a brown or red-brown.

Ha! Just realized that my avatar is a side table I made from sapele. Here’s a close up pic, showing the ribbon grain:

And here’s a pic of the same type of grain in african mahogany:

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 02:55 AM

I’m a bit late but I can’t thank you enough for information about the grain!!!

I can’t wait to buy tools and start this project! Very nice toolbox you’ve got there by the way. Quality stuff! I think your side table is very well done.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 03:26 AM

Toolbox! That’s very funny :-)

It’s about 5” high. Project post here

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