Matching wood colors

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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 05-25-2015 09:32 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2015 09:32 PM

Heres the situation: I have made a carved piece to replace a missing front on an antique sewing maching cabinet for my wife. So there are 2 different species of wood (original: tiger oak, new piece: basswood carving).

I’ve tried a few stains but can’t even get it close.
I’m thinking a dye may be the best way to customize a stain.

I’m open for suggestions and also any info about mixing a custom color is appreciated, especially, what to expect after drying and should I expect any grain raising?


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#1 posted 05-25-2015 11:52 PM

Robert, it is really difficult to match the stain on different species of wood. Even if you knew what the original stain was and used it, it wouldn’t match. All I can suggest is to make dye samples on the basswood using the colors that are similar to what you need, then pick the sample that is closest and add tiny amounts of other dyes to move the color in the proper direction and make more samples. It may take two or more additional dyes to get you where you want. Try to make the color slightly lighter than it needs to be because you can always add another coat to make it darker, but you can’t subtract a coat to make it lighter. If you look at Jeff Jewitt’s Homesteadfinishing it might get you started in the right direction. However, even it you are extremely patient and get the colors to match perfectly, the grain will be different and the replacement piece will stand out. Some expert finishers are able to paint in matching grain, but that is way beyond anything that I can advise. Good luck with your project and pictures are always appreciated. HTH

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