How to Finish Quarter Sawn White Oak and Pop The Figure

How to Finish Quarter Sawn White Oak and Pop The Figure
Have you ever wanted to know of a good way to finish quarter sawn white oak for your woodworking projects? Fortunately, there’s more than one way to do it! In this quick-ish video we demonstrate three methods of finishing that will help give the best pop to the figure in quarter sawn white oak.
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How to Finish Quarter Sawn White Oak and Pop The Figure

16 thoughts on “How to Finish Quarter Sawn White Oak and Pop The Figure”

  1. Ammonia fuming gives a beautiful even finish on oak , but you have to be very careful with this chemical process , as you would imagine.

  2. Thank you … have the best what to do with white oak on You Tube….. Many many thanks. I had a problem Now I don't thanks

  3. How do you get that tacky sheen after you are done? I see all commercial oak furniture has this, but it doesn't quite match the finish I get when I try shellac or PU…spray shellac ends up thick, and PU ends up hard and shiny. What gives that typical thin, in-the-wood, tacky but shiny finish? Is that always spray lacquer? Or does De-waxed shellac do that?

  4. How would you burn white oak grain? Seems I can’t . I’m trying to do a flag as the tabletop with a burnt finish with propane but it just doesn’t burn the grain as easy as pine or poplar

  5. I use Danish Oil, only leave it on momentarily then wipe off. I wait about a week and then topcoat with Briwax. For me, it's all about getting the shade right… I want the feel of the 'golden oak' mission finish you might see on a Stickley chair or the like. I've salvaged enough QSWO out of a house I am remodeling to case out the entire house. I want to make it feel like 1900 when a person is in the house. For me, QSWO is the absolute pinnacle in finish carpentry material.

  6. Hi, I have a question about quarter-sawn oak flooring. I’m wanting to install quarter sawn and plain sawn oak flooring as a mixture throughout my home. I know that quarter sawn expands vertically and plain sawn expands more horizontally (speaking of flooring at least). Will this cause issues with the height difference or cause expansion/warping issues between the different cuts of flooring? I have a pretty good deal on rift & quartered sawn oak flooring ( if anyone is wondering) but I would like to mix it with plain sawn oak flooring as well so the floor is not too over-bearing with the amount of flake rays in the quarter sawn wood. I’m planning to do a ratio of about 50:50 with quarter-sawn vs other cuts. I’m also mixing 3 different sizes to give it a more random width look and break it up some more. I’m planning to use your staining/finishing method to “pop the figure” which will be labor intensive for an the entire first story of my home but I think it will look great. I might share some pictures when it’s all finished but that will be some time down the road. What is your recommendation on mixing different cuts of flooring together, will that cause issues? My parents have an old house that has “run of the mill” flooring which includes rift sawn, plain sawn and some quarter sawn and there doesn’t seem to be any issues but I haven’t been around for the 85 years this flooring has been in the house so I don’t know how many times it’s been sanded or if it had issues in the beginning and had to be sanded to match the heights of the board or anything like that. Let me know what you think, I’m planning to order the flooring sometime this week and could use any advice you could give. Thanks for your great video on finishing quarter-sawn oak, it’s one of the videos I watched that inspired me to get quarter-sawn oak flooring.

  7. I have a question: Does the gel stain really do an adequate job of filling the grain compared to regular woodgrain filler? I'm working with mahogany and saw the video that you did, in which you used red dye/sealcoat/woodgrain filler on the final piece which looked amazing. That's a look I hope to achieve. Would a dark gel stain be a suitable replacement for the woodgrain filler in that case?

  8. Hi, just a question, when sealing it with shellac how the gel stain in the next step will penetrate the sealed layer and color the pores, I appreciate clarification of this

  9. I actually don't like to see the medullary rays popped out like that. Ammonia fuming achieved a much more even colour.

  10. Just google WoodPrix 😉 I've found great instructions on this website. Great plans and instructions for everyone.

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