Tore out the 16x11 room full of white oak I laid not paying attention
that was supposed to be red oak. Now looking to find a use for what's
left. The boards have been de-nailed by sawing into shorter lengths (12
to 48 inches) and will probably finish out after removing the tongue and
groove and planing the back at about 1/2 to 5/8" thick and a hair under
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I'd probably glue the pieces together to make panels for whatever
project needed them. Actually, I've got a use for them now, as I'm
building a work table that sits on drawers.
T&G could be very nice for a desk base, as thicker material on the
outside would give the flooring room to expand and contract along its
width while keeping everything still locked in place. I had one project
where I used individual vertical panels, and while it looks nice enough
the panels can move independantly.
If nothing else, they'll be close to the right width to use as risers
for your railroad. It probably wouldn't hurt to use it for some of the
benchwork as well.
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Sounds like some good material for making trays. Box joint or dovetail joints
with some prefinished 1/4" maple or birch ply bottoms.
White Oak color ideas.
1. Natural (sorta)
- Hand wiped wash coat of thinned clear shellac
- Hand wiped dark gel stain, remove 95% so it just remains in the grain lines
to add nice contrast.
- Over finish with shellac, wiping poly or spray lacquer
- Rub out and wax with scrub pad or steel wool then buff
2. Mission Oak (sorta)
- Raise grain with warm water and lightly hand sand with 320 after dry to
remove raised grain
- Dye with Transtint Mission Brown or similar color by using water mixture
(not alcohol). Watch joints for dewicking for at least a half an hour and dab
away extra dye as it seeps out of joints.
- seal with thinned coat of shellac (any color you like)
- Like natural, pop the grain by wiping over a dark gel stain (or oil stain
even) and wipe away 95%.
- Over coat with shellac, hand wiped poly or sprayed shellac and wax out. Can
use garnet or orange shellac or others to add more depth of color.
You can get a nice antiqued look by leaving some of the gel stain in the
corners, etc or by using black wax and doing the same.
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