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#1 posted 09-29-2016 12:56 PM

Thank you for your response and opinion! The fact that I am asking for advice shows my lack of determination staining it walnut….... the suggestion of staining it walnut came from the guy at the lumberyard. As I was driving home, the more I thought about it the whole reason for going live edge is to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. I keep thinking staining it walnut doesn’t make it walnut. Kind of like staining finger joint pine moulding with mahogany stain doesn’t make it mahogany moulding…..(sad thing is I have walked through spec home that a contractor stained finger joint crown and chair rail moulding,LOL)

I have commercial contractor experience and have little experience with stains and finishes. I have learned if you don’t have the experience ask someone who does….........people are usually great in helping when asked. Thanks for the help!

I probably wouldn t stain it walnut, as this would probably make it darker then desired and there really just wouldnt be any contrast to the legs. Personally i would just put on danish and wipe-on-poly over that. If you are determined to stain it poly-shades almost is never the answer, as it is nearly impossible to apply right. I have alway liked the look of a faint reddish stain, but that s just a personal opinion.

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