Mixing wood stains

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Forum topic by TZH posted 10-06-2013 07:58 PM 1262 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2013 07:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood stain mixing question oak mahogany cherry walnut cottonwood finishing sanding arts and crafts rustic watco danish oil

Been thinking I’d really like to find a wine red oil base stain. May be looking at dyes in the future, but for now I’d like to make my own, if possible. Heard mixing red oak, cherry, fruitwood, or mahogany with black walnut (Watco Danish Oils) works pretty well, but haven’t been able to find any ratios.

Anyone out there have any experience with this?


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#1 posted 10-06-2013 09:02 PM

I dyed a set of benches I made out of poplar. They were to match a 75 y/o mahogany table and they came out perfect.
First I contacted “Michael1” on here because he has a lot of experience with dying poplar. He suggested the color combos and I just mixed some up (and tried samples) until I got the correct ratios.
Go to the dollar store, buy you a cheap set of measuring spoons, some cheap clear plastic throwaway containers and a cheap measuring cup. Cut up some samples of the wood you intend to use and play with it. Write down each ratio you mix up until you are satisfied.
BTW I used all water based dyes and poly topcoat. It’s been 2 years and they still look like new.

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