Going to build a grandfather clock and I want it to be dark

Hello,
I am going to build a grandfather clock and I would like to stain it dark. I saw on NY that they built one out of qtrsawn oak. I am correct to assume it would be tough to stain that type of wood dark. Any ideas on what other type of wood I could use.
Thanks
Larry C
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Build it out of Walnut and you will not have to stain it to make it dark.

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thinking the same thing. But no It would not be hard to stain oak dark. It is open grained leaving it receptive to the pigments of stain. You might also consider dye.
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Ipe ;-) you won't have to move it often either.
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If you mean "Stain" as in Minwax or other off-the-shelf stains, then you'd want to pick a wood that stains well (ie. an Oak) and avoid woods that stain poorly [or are a challenge to stain well ] (ie. maple).
If you mean "stain" as in color - then you can dye just about any wood to just about any color.

QSWO is a pretty cut of wood. No, I would not assume it's tough to stain or dye that wood dark at all. I've only dyed it dark, but have read articles where they've done it.
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Typically, arts & crafts or mission furniture was quartersawn oak and it was fumed with ammonia to achieve a dark brown with lighter ray flecks. For a less toxic approach, check out http://homesteadfinishing.com/htdocs/mission_oak.htm .
Preston

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Not really all that hard to stain qs oak dark, but WHY paid for beautiful wood then stain it to the point where the wood is not really showing it's true beauty?? If your ARE going to stain really dark, build it out of plywood, will cost a ton less
John

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I built a hope chest out of quarter sawn white oak for a lady who wanted it dark. I used NGR dye with great results. The chest was DARK, but the grain was clear and the ray flecks were spectacular!
Grant
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For most oak pieces I prefer a dark finish. I think it shows the wood better. It just isn't PC on the wreck. Of course you could answer most questions on the wreck with just two answers: tune your cabinet saw or buy a bigger jointer. If you let on that you don't have a cabinet saw, then you are an idiot and can't/shouldn't be doing "woodworking." Please note that you may still qualify as just a carpenter.
"Fuming discloses unsuspected qualities of beauty previously lying concealed within it's heart" - Gustav Stickley
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Actually, I consider the oaks as woods that should be dyed or stained. With just a clear coat, the wood is very uninteresting. The trick with quartersawn white oak is to keep the ray flecks light.
BTW, do you have a cabinet saw and how big is your jointer? Just kidding.
Preston
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