ruined a oak coffee table with dye or tried to put dye on oak without consulting

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Blog entry by bowedcurly posted 02-11-2014 05:06 PM 1364 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a coffee table right, red oak 5/4 ripped in inch & 1/4 wide strips then turned up on edge to show rays and flecks, it was just a great look, then machined it down with router to inch or so, looked great done a arts and crafts style base with little square spindles on the legs or framed ends, then used dye without a wash coat put on like 3 coats thinking the pores would fill boy was I wrong, then went up there this morn and the dam thing had white streaks on it, I almost popped my pants, as Charles Neil says a bad finisher can make a great project look ghastly, nasty, hideous, dungly, caffitated, gonna take a router and skim off the wood and build a new base, and go with a natural look, should have used amber dye then wash coat then stain I guess live and learn I wish this dam cold wheather would go away and I would win the lottery so I could just work out in the shop, but such is life

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#1 posted 02-11-2014 06:40 PM

Sorry to hear that your project went south on you. I learned a lesson the same way. Now I use test pieces of scraps to see how the stain/ finish will look. Sure saves a lot of sanding and scraping to remove the boo boo.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 02-11-2014 06:54 PM

Pictures? I’m confused, what were the streaks from? Did you do 3 coats of dye or 3 coats of some finish on top of the dye? The one long run-on sentence is hard to understand.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 02:56 AM

english was my favorite in school, I just made a mess. I done this project all wrong, going to backup and punt, then reload and resight the scope

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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