Quartersawn White Oak


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Anyone have a favorite technique for finishing quartersawn white oak? I'm looking towards Wood Whisperer's Grandfather Clock as an inspiration. I assume there is no problem with putting ARS on top of a dye, but I have no idea for sure. 

I'm open minded to some ideas. I've never used QSWO before, but to me it's the one wood that looks good with a stain of some sort on it.

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Chemical reaction coloring, like iron acetate (vinegar & iron) or lye, work similarly to the ammonia fuming process, but produce different tones. Iron acetate leans toward gray-black, while lye is more caramel colored. These methods will produce the most pleasing results if all the wood is from one tree. Otherwise, striking variations may occur.

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You can use the industrial stuff but I used some I got from Ace Hardware and it worked fine, 6 hours in the plastic tent I built gave a nice color, you have to be careful not to breath it of course, do a search here for some great info as usual, the time in the fumes determines the color you want

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13 minutes ago, treeslayer said:

You can use the industrial stuff but I used some I got from Ace Hardware and it worked fine, 6 hours in the plastic tent I built gave a nice color, you have to be careful not to breath it of course, do a search here for some great info as usual, the time in the fumes determines the color you want

You'd certainly know better than I, that's just what I read somewhere. It's good to know that the household stuff will work.

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37 minutes ago, curlyoak said:

This is quartered white oak. door panels curly quartered. I finished it with waterlox transparent sealer. I apply it with a sponge brush. Very easy. If there is a surface that will get a lot of wear, the company makes a compatible varnish.

Beautiful piece @curlyoak !!

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