Red vs White oak

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Forum topic by jack43 posted 03-01-2015 02:56 PM 1133 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2015 02:56 PM

I”m building 2 side tables and don”t have enough red or white oak to build both. How can I finish them to make them look similar?

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 03:08 PM

I wouldn’t. I would use red and white in each table, but do it the same in each table. Symmetrically.

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 03:10 PM

You can ebonize both. I’ve never done a comparison so, if you go that rout do it on scraps first. Off course experimenting with something like pecan color stain to darken the white oak to match the red is your other option.


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#3 posted 03-01-2015 03:34 PM

They can be quite a bit different, I also suggest you not try to finish them to look the same. While there is a small chance you can do so, there’s a larger chance you’ll be unhappy with the results.

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 04:04 PM

Get more red and white oak.

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 04:14 PM

You could use both and feature the variations…mix it up with kind of a patchwork calico effect.

This bench is a mixture of RO and WO:

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 05:38 PM

Maybe you can mix it evenly, like use one for all of the legs, and the other for the rest. Then stain it all together and let the different species give the contrast.

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 05:59 PM

I built a coffee table and used red oak for the top and white oak for the legs and shelf. I used watco dark walnut for the stain.

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 09:43 PM

Peter Follansbee went on Roy’s show with a chest from mixed red and white oak. It looked okay. Just don’t randomize the oaks, make all the aprons from one, or all the legs from one kind, something like that.


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#9 posted 03-01-2015 09:52 PM

To mix the two it takes a good eye to make it work. Unless you can’t afford it I’d buy some more of the oak you prefer and save the other type for another project.

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