Staining Steamed Walnut to match air dried walnut

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Forum topic by Danestar posted 09-16-2010 07:39 AM 1456 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2010 07:39 AM

I picked up some walnut that was steamed and liked the grain patterns. I ended up picking up some thicker stock from another source that has been air dried for about 4 years. After Ripping and planing its obvious the color is much deeper in the air dried walnut. Without going back out to purchase more boards just to match is there a trick to get the color back in the steamed walnut like stain or oil? Colors brands etc will help me dial it in. Its drastic enough things just wont match and now project put on hold until I figure this out.

Thanks in advance :)

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 06:43 AM

..its possible, but would require tinting. Hard to match the color of quality air dried/kd dried walnut.

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 07:31 AM

I can’t comment on that because I don’t use walnut but I sure do think you have an interesting dog!


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#3 posted 09-18-2010 04:26 AM

If you have a subscription to the Fine Woodworking website, they have a good article on “How to Conceal Sapwood” that would give you lots of starting places for tinting the piece of gray walnut. I know it can be done but wouldn’t even think of trying to give explicit step-by-step instructions.


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