ah wanna white wash oak bench.newly made asking y'all advise

jeanw Posted By jeanw, Nov 7, 2018 at 10:49 AM

  1. jeanw

    Feeling the Heat 2.

    Sep 23, 2008
    calling amateur woodworkers here please
    I had a local cabinet maker make me a real nice oak bench.. looks to be Red Oak.( cause in meantime its a mess by the door with my shoes and now Mucks..). I should have paid the difference and got him to use "maple" instead) to put my boots and shoes on the shelf of...
    the other bedroom furniture is maple I had made yrs ago. I "painted" it white its solid maple... I put the latex paint on and wiped it off some... then topcoated. day later with "polyacryclic." Luv the look . but maple is a hard closed grained wood. I got some "Minwax. " wood conditioner" will it seal the grain of red oak? I read old woodworker books about a grain filler.....
    But the nice cabinet maker didn't remember to give me any scraps leftovers to try out the various stains etc. I know OAK is an open grained wood.. I already put MIniwax "natural" on the bottoms ..Hate the solvent
    WISH I COULD UPLOAD A PICTURE for talk to see.dont pics have to be stored offsite the a link to for this site???
    Bench is sitting in basement waiting for me....I know I could just spray or brush on the poly acrylic.
    tried the stain and polyacyclic in Miniwax "Golden Pecan" on the counter combination stepstool/stool he made me also.. Don't like the look of it so its not finished either.. thanks y'all please be patient with me.
  2. webfish

    Hearth.com LLC 2.
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    Oct 18, 2013
    You can upload pics. Follow these instructions
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  3. EatenByLimestone

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Jul 12, 2006
    Schenectady, NY
    Are you trying to make the oak smooth like the maple?

    I'm having a bit of trouble following all the directions and products you want to use.
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