I am in the early stages of building a pub table for my basement. I’ve purchased a pre-made 30”x72” spruce tabletop. Since I want the table to be built for stout, I’ve chosen 4x4s for the legs and cross beams. Since pine is too knotty, subsequently not impervious to twisting and bowing, I went with doug fir. The doug fir has a pinkish hue whereas the spruce is white. For my stain I’ve chosen Varathane Carbon Gray which has a nice distressed wood look. I’ve stained some scrap pieces of the doug fir and some pine (close enough to the spruce). The stain looks really nice on both wood types, however, you can see that pinkish hue on the fir. Can anyone suggest how to alleviate this problem? I figure I have three options: take the spruce top back and try to get my hands on a doug fir top, try to alter the stain somehow so that there isn’t as much contrast, or wait for a while before I stain and see if the fir loses some of its pink hue (I don’t know enough about it to know if this will even happen).
I’d appreciate it if someone could offer some suggestions on making what I have work or a good source for a fir top. Thanks.
Last edited by Jon F; 06-07-2018 at 10:50 PM.
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