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.
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.
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
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
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!
John Crea wrote:
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
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.
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