I am in a quandary about starting my next project (china cabinet)
because I don't want it to turn out with the "zebra stripe" look of my
oak desk that I posted a few months back on ABPW. I have only used oil
based pigment stains. I have a Pulaski curio cabinet that appears to
definitely be made from red oak, but it has a much nicer, "professional"
finish, that is honey toned, kinda like fruitwood I guess, and although
there are some flat sawn pieces, the grain doesn't jump out at you, yet
it is clearly visible. I want to get that look on my next project.
Before obtaining any new types of stains (sheesh, are they costly!) I
tried pigment stain on a scrap of maple and found out that changing
species isn't the answer.
Today I called the manufacturer. After getting the run around I got an
email address to which I fired off my question: "how did you guys stain
item number blah blah blah, because I want to match it". The response
puzzles me: the guy said, "All of our stain is a nitrous cellulose based
stain, it is usually put on in
layers, a layer of stain, sanded, and another layer of stain, roughed up and
then a top coat of lacquer sprayed on. A sheen meter is also used, to ensure
a correct sheen, and even coating."
To which I fired back, "Thanks for the quick reply. I can't however
find a mention in my finishing books for a nitro based stain. Am I
correct that my cabinet is made of red oak? is the stain used on my
cabinet a dye rather than pigment based stain? "
No answer yet; he is in Virginia and this email went out mid afternoon,
So, WHAT THE HECK IS "NITRO CELLULOSE" stain? He wrote, "nitrous" but I
think that was probably a brain fart, right?
I got a Woodworker's Supply catalog tonight. there are a LOT of options
for stains. pretty much everything by TransFast is available. I guess
Bartley's gel is out because it is a pigment stain and samples on oak
look like what I'm already getting with my stains.
I gotta try SOMETHING besides the pigment based stain.
I wonder if a combination of dye stain and then tinting a clear coat
would give a more even coloration? Anyone here ever use that method?
I know I've asked stain questions before, but I need a bit more
direction, since I will need to order stuff sight unseen since no local
stores carry all the potential supplies I should try.