quarter sawn red oak

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Forum topic by skidiot posted 03-01-2009 07:30 AM 1589 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2009 07:30 AM

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Is there any way to get the rays and flecks in quarter sawn red oak to show nicely like they do in white oak? It seems the problem is the rays in red oak are brown and get hidden by the stain. The rays in white oak are white and contrast when stained.

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 04:12 PM

You may consider using layers of aniline dye as apposed to traditional stains.

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 03:09 PM

Red Oak has rays & flecks just like White Oak, just USUALLY not so many. I’ve worked some qs red that was just loaded with rays & flecks. Finish it like QSWO & you will highlight all that beautiful grain structure.
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