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03-09-2020 12:02 AM

I am building a quilt rack out of Red Oak. I am going to stain it with a neutral color Gel Stain. This piece will never be subjected to the elements. Would it be ok if I just paste waxed it and called it good or should I put a coat of Polyurethane on it to boot?

-- Brad


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#1 posted 03-09-2020 12:38 AM

Wax will work. The only disadvantage is if it gets dirty over time it will be a bit harder to clean.
I think I would use a coat or two of wipe on poly. Not enough to build a heavy top coat but enough to seal it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-09-2020 01:01 AM

As long as it does not get constant hand oils, and it likely would not, I would do a couple coats of oil and then eventually wax. I love how the colors come out over time and it gains depth with oil and wax. It would need to cure quite a while to be fully crystalized before hanging a quilt on it. Poly would not have that issue and it would not need maintenance every year or two.

Red oak is such a pain to get sealed up with poly. Doing a coffee table as we speak.

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#3 posted 03-09-2020 02:57 PM

Thanks for the replies, I have never used wipe on poly, may look into it. I too love how oak ages.

-- Brad

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#4 posted 03-09-2020 03:08 PM

Neutral stain seems odd to me.
My wipe on poly mix is 50/50 poly/Mineral Spirits. Takes about 3 coats of wipe on to equal one of straight poly, but it is easier to apply and dries faster.
Leave the quilt off the rack for a week or two to let the poly fully cure. If you rush this step, you run the risk of the fabric and the poly becoming one.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 03-09-2020 06:01 PM


Red oak is such a pain to get sealed up with poly. Doing a coffee table as we speak.

- tvrgeek

Red oak has a lot of open pores so on smooth surfaces like table tops I usually use a grain filler first. Trying to fill the grain with poly is a problem.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 03-09-2020 11:25 PM

Poor choice of words should have said pecan, I like the lighter colors cause it lets the grain come stand out. Do you do the mix yourself or does it come that way?


Neutral stain seems odd to me.
My wipe on poly mix is 50/50 poly/Mineral Spirits. Takes about 3 coats of wipe on to equal one of straight poly, but it is easier to apply and dries faster.
Leave the quilt off the rack for a week or two to let the poly fully cure. If you rush this step, you run the risk of the fabric and the poly becoming one.

- LittleShaver


-- Brad

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