I am building a QSWO bookcase, with a mission stain. I hate the thought of
paying for QSWO shelves when they really won't be seen anyhow. Is it
reasonable to stain red oak to fit in with white oak?
Anyone with experience care to relate what he did?
I just built a walnut bookcase. For the shelves I used red oak plywood with
a 1" strip of walnut in front. I originally intended to stain the oak to
"match" the walnut, but the contrast looked pretty good, so I went with it.
Could do the same with unstained red oak and mission QSWO. Any comments?
I do it often when I am going to stain the wood. IMHO it looks fine.
When there is a bigger contrast it tends to fine. With white and red oak
the color would be a bit strange as the red will tend to go from whitish to
pinkish and white tends to be white. If staining I doubt you would ever
notice. Left with a clear finish I would go with more contrast or the exact
same wood. I would probably go with a cheaper cut of white oak on the
I wouldn't worry too much about it since you're staining.
While you're at it, and because the long edge grain of quarter sawn lumber
is visually distinctive to those who use it a lot, when you go through the
stack of red oak, look for quarter sawn for your shelves ... if it hasn't
been picked over. you can generally find some in every stack.
That should make you feel better about mixing the woods, while making your
shelves a bit more dimensionally stable, and perhaps even fooling a few who
would otherwise object on general principles.
1st - Veneer the shelves with QSWO.
2nd - Add a 2-3" board in the front of the shelve as you did on the walnut
Question: Mission stain, is that a fumed look? If so, I would definitely
veneer, if its a wipe on stain, either way will look fine.
On Tue, 20 Dec 2005 02:14:17 GMT, "Suanne Lippman"
The only way to really know is to stain up some samples first. If you're
using a fairly brutal commercial stain then they'll match well enough.
If you're planning to fume it, you wouldn't have a hope. I expect you'll
find it a perfectly acceptable match.
The stain usually found on furniture in furniture stores. The kind with the
fruit wood finish and fly spot all over it. The kind that hides the wood so
that you really do not know what you are getting. The kind that is usually
Instead of one that is lighter and still lets the natural beauty of the wood
I'm a bit of a stain Nazi when it comes to oak. I never stain it - I'm a
big fan of ammonia fuming and use it on nearly all my oak (which is most
of my cabinetry). One of the drawbacks of fuming is that it does tend
to vary between boards - and for white/red oak the difference is
If you're staining it, then a stain for "mission" can vary between light
to near-Jacobean with black grain-filling wax too. The darker end of
this scale will hide anything.
On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 00:58:24 +0000, with neither quill nor qualm, Andy
...so why not just have him use pineywood? He'll prolly just smear
poly all over it anyway. Why waste good wood for that? <groan>
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It'll never match. Which brings up the question of whether the shelves will
be exposed - display shelves - or covered with books. If covered with
books, get white plywood for closer color. You've either got to have real
close or real contrast. Red oak is neither.
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