Red Oak Entertainment Center Turned Black

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Project by FredT posted 03-11-2011 07:07 AM 2862 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this center for my neighbor who wanted a grainy wood to match the pattern and color of his AV equipment. I used General Finishes black water-based stain and 4 top coats of semi-gloss poly-acrylic sprayed with Earlex HVLP system.

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 09:02 AM

SWEET project! As a fan of natural wood finishes, I would struggle staining something like this. But, WOW, this looks terrific. Great job! Thanks for sharing. Play / be safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 01:22 PM

very cool

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 06:32 PM

Nice entertainment center.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 09:42 PM

Thanks everybody… I had a hard time accepting the whole “black” color idea, but at the end of the day I was pleased with the finish. I too, like you Mayflower tend to stick to natural wood finishes so this was quite an adventure. Let me share though that General Finishes makes a heck of stain… There is no question that this is black. I saw some video on youtube of Charles Neil working with this particular color, but he also added India ink to the product for a darker finish. In my opinion, I don’t really see how you can get much darker than the pure stain itself.

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 10:07 AM

Very nice work. I hope to build something like this soon..

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