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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.