Craftsman - Stickley Projects #4: Finishing Advise

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Blog entry by Paul posted 06-01-2007 09:48 PM 1081 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I should be able to post pictures of the twin in the next couple of days and then start the drawers (I cut a bunch of rough parts for the drawers yesterday), but I’m starting to think ahead to finishing. I’m concerned about the solid red oak taking the stain differently than the red oak ply. Any advise?

1. I plan on testing it out with a scrap of each first.
2. Experience or advise on fillers for porous oak? I haven’t tried fillers before.
3. When I stopped by the Rockler store yesterday to pick up some more oak plugs for the pocketholes, I picked up a can of wood conditioner. I’ve read that it’s harder to get a dark stain with conditioner though. I plan to experiment on scraps, but will conditioner be necessary?
4. Or will sanding well help the red oak and the ply take the stain similarly?

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 10:42 PM

I do alot of work with red oak ply and solid red oak. I just finished this entertainment centre a few months ago. This is red oak ply with solid wood accents and edging.

I use varathane gel stains when I mix ply and solid red oak. This one is Early American. I don't use any pore fillers.


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#2 posted 06-02-2007 02:21 AM

Check out Dusty’s finish (look through his projects).

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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