I recently built a Stickley inspired chest of drawers. It is made from
Chestnut Oak. I fumed the project with ammonia and it turned the wood a nice
brown/gray appearance. I am pleased with the color. Unfortunately, one of
the drawer fronts had lots of sapwood. At the time of construction, I didn't
know that sapwood would react differently. (lesson learned)
I want to try to match the one mismatched drawer front. I wiped on a coat
of Minwax Special Walnut. It looked pretty good on a scrap piece, so I went
ahead with the drawer front. I am not happy with the color match. It has too
much brown and not enough smoky gray/black.
What would be a logical approach to achieve a more uniform look? I was
thinking about trying Minwax Jacobean.
If it matters, I plan to put an oil finish on the project after I get this
drawer problem resolved.
I think I must have been confusing in my original post. Sorry about that.
Only one of the seven drawer fronts had sapwood. Thus, I want to match the
one bad drawer to the others. What are my options in staining? I have
already used an oil based stain on the bad drawer front to try to fix it.
Can I use a water based dye on top of an oil stain? Or do I need to stay
with an oil stain. Logic tells me to avoid any water based dye at this
point. Do you know a dye that would produce a dark gray color?
My suggestion was to make a virtue out of a necessity. Contrast the
If you're not warm on that one, you might want to rebuild the drawer or
drawerfront, because you're not about to get something chemically and even
structurally different - sapwood - to look like heart.
Only an oil stain has a chance, because it's more a surface color. As an
oil, of course, it will be hydrophobic, and reject your water dye. As the
pigment will still be there, the results could be pretty dismal. If you
want gray, traditional is liming wax over bleach, but - YUK!
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