"Striped" finish on Mahogany

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Forum topic by JamesWiggins posted 12-14-2015 09:36 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2015 09:36 PM

I’m trying to achieve this finish on a solid mahogany dining table I am building for my wife. Any ideas about the best way to approach it? I’ve had two ideas so far:

1) Mill, sand, and stain the top as individual boards and then glue them up using biscuits to maintain alignment. This requires me to completely sand and shape everything while it’s clamped together and then glue it up exactly right without getting glue on anything. I’m not sure if I can do that.

2) Glue the boards up, sand and shape the top, and finally apply stain in stripes using something like painters tape to create the lines. With this, I’m worried that I’ll experience bleed over and it won’t look clean. I also have to be careful to tape the top and edges exactly right.

Is there a better way?!

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 01:27 AM

Try a test piece but good quality masking tape such as 3M for automotive or frog tape will not bleed using oil based gel stains. And coat the ends with shellac first so they do not turn too dark.

-- PJ

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 08:16 AM

Is there a better way?!

- JamesWiggins

1. Use stock from different boards with different color.

2. dye (not stain) individual boards before glue-up—but be sure to keep tops nice and flush so clean-up doesn’t cut through the dye.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 02:25 PM

Keeping 8ft boards perfectly lined-up will be all but impossible unless they are dead flat thus requiring a long bed jointer and removing a lot of wood and lining-up the tops and ends in a single glue-up is risky at best.

-- PJ

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