I have been working with red oak for furniture projects for years. Although
I enjoy working with red oak I would like a change of pace. I build both
large and small furniture projects,one of my next will be a bedroom set for
I enjoy working with walnut even though it is quite a bit more expensive
than oak. Beautiful grain and color. It also machines very well.
I also use a fair amount of ash, sometimes as an alternate to oak. The
grain often presents a similarity to oak; and darker stains can produce a
piece that is hard to distinguish from oak. Around here (Souther KS) it is
about $1 a board foot cheaper. It machines similar to oak, maybe a little
softer. It is a good idea to wipe an ash project with spirts or a pre-stain
conditioner before staining. Some areas of open, smooth grain can blotch.
Otherwise good stuff.
Thanks Dave. Fingers worked before brain did and sent too quick. I meant to
ask about what you do to prep the walnut your working with. I just did a
little table at the end of my hall. It looks ok, and it matches the living
room furniture, to an extent. The walnut looks to be too grainy?? I'll try
and get a close up picture posted over to ABPW and maybe you can better
understand what I'm trying to say. Thanks.
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