I'm building a coffee table for our daughter out of walnut. I have cut out all
the sap wood but still think I may have a few issues with a lighter color in
some of the walnut. My plans are to use a finish like Sam Waloof. It contains
tung oil, linseed oil and varnish. I have thought about using a little stain on
the lighter parts. Any suggestions.
Of course, if you don't like the sapwood areas, you might try a modified
version of what they do in the kiln. Take a batch of heartwood scrap and
steam and boil it to get some of the extractives out. Use as a dye. Better
with hulls as a source, but it will give a bit of color.
Experiment on scrap, not your project.
I have used Var Black Walnut stain over the sap wood a few times. It is
still lighter than the heartwood but looks nice (kind of natural, like the
other respondants said).
That is all I use the stain for. I bought it to use on secondary wood I
wanted to mix with walnut, but it looks like crap there.
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