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Going to be building a card table the table top is 150 year old read oak . The apron is 50-75 year old oak . And I ordered red oak turning stock on line for the legs. My question is when I go to stain everything are the tints going to be drastically different ?

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I would think that they would absorb the stain at a different rate, resulting in darker or lighter coloring between the three.  Is finishing in clear an option?

 

I would really like to do the top in a dark stain. Would the table not look right if I did the aprons and the legs in just a clear? And by clear do you mean like a Danish oil or something like that ?
Danish oil, clear shellac, clear poly, etc.
I'm not a big fan of stains in things that I do - probably because I can never seem to apply it and have it look like I had envisioned. I also like being able to see the character of the wood, especially in pieces that use reclaimed wood. Using stain can actually highlight those "character" elements (e.g.: a deep scratch across the grain will expose end grain, which will absorb more of the color than the surrounding area).
It is your vision for the table, go with what you like. I only wanted to point out that the 3 differing ages of wood will accept the stain at a different rate.



Brian fleming said:
I would really like to do the top in a dark stain. Would the table not look right if I did the aprons and the legs in just a clear? And by clear do you mean like a Danish oil or something like that ?
Yea the only reason I'm thinking stain is to match up everything else in the room, but if I did clear it would definitely make everything look uniform .

The aprons & legs are on a vertical plane. Top is on a horizontal plane. Light play off these planes differently. The apron for example will be in the shadows of the overhanging top. Make a quick mock up with some scraps & stain both pieces at the same time. Hold them in the room at the correct level & look them over.

Always test your finish on scraps 1st. It's the "Measure twice cut once." rule for finishing IMHO.

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