Stickley inspired table

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Project by cso posted 02-09-2015 10:58 PM 1545 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table inspired by one I saw in the Stickley Audi store in Fayetteville. Quarter sawn white oak, breadboard ends, tapered legs, and traditional mortise and tenon joinery. Finish is Old Masters dark walnut gel stain, followed by Watco Walnut Danish Oil, then 2 coats of Zinsser amber shgellac, then waxed. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-09-2015 11:26 PM

Very nice table. Why did you put Danish oil over the gel stain? Obviously it worked because the table is beautiful. Did the Danish oil darken the finish any further?
Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 02-10-2015 12:19 AM

Thank you very much. The purpose of the Danish Oil is to even out the color given that the ray flecks tend to pop out too much. I used this article by Bob Lang as a guide. It seemed to work.

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#3 posted 02-10-2015 12:41 AM

CSO, first of all, well done on the table. It looks great!

I did want to mention one thing, the article you posted called for using walnut stain in the first step. While what you did ended up turning out very beautiful, there is a big difference between “oil based stain” and “gel stain”. Gel stain isnt meant to penetrate the wood, like regular old oil based stain. Its meant to “sit on top” of the wood.

Anyway, I say that only because the application of Watco (which is a penetrating oil) would not normally be used over a gel stain for the reason mentioned above.

Like I said, your table turned out great, and I would try out regular oil based stain next time and see how you like it.

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