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Forum topic by BamaCummins posted 02-22-2009 11:52 PM 1164 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2009 11:52 PM

Where can I obtain a stain or process for the mission style finish. (i.e that old ammonia stained oak look) I have read only one lumberjocks discussion of his solution, dusty. Looks great, just wondering if there is something easier.

any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 12:00 AM

If I’m not actually using the ammonia finish, I’ll use dark oak aniline, water soluble dye. You can get it as dark as you want and it non toxic. Put a BLO and varnish top coat.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 12:23 AM

+1 on the aniline.

And, I’ve seen some interesting Mission effects with Henry’s and paint thinner.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 12:32 AM

My experience with finishing is easier does not work. Check out some of Dan's projects. I think he did a blog on his process.

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#4 posted 02-23-2009 12:53 AM

Here is a blog posted by Tim Pursell which gives it a nice mission style look.

Here is a blog that Gizomodyne posted on fuming. Fuming really is not that difficult or dangerous. But you really should do it outside. You simply are working with concentrated ammonia.

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#5 posted 02-23-2009 01:13 AM

I like the real thing – Kentucky white oak, quartersawn and ammonia fumed.

I am a mission existentialist – I fume, therefore I am.

However, I have tried these aniline dyes with good results:

Lee Valley

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