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post #21 of 29 Old 10-29-2015, 10:42 PM
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This is cherry with no stain. Yet I can make it look like its twenty years old in about 5 minutes. No stain.Finishing Walnut-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1446172887.955355.jpgFinishing Walnut-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1446172922.957292.jpgFinishing Walnut-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1446172956.641188.jpg

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Agree the boards on left are cherry. IMHO it's sacrilege to stain any wood, just let the woods natural beauty show.

Fine except when you place a new item in the room with pieces 25 years old. Few buyers are going to just let the new piece "catch up".Finishing Walnut-imageuploadedbywood-working-talk1446173265.690851.jpg

Here we expanded a pencil post bed to king size. No way the new head board was going to go with the much older bed frame.

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You must have never seen a stickely catalog. Cherry was a popular option as well as quartersawn whiteoak.
I've been in the Stickley facility as we help with some of their finishes.
There are a lot more quartered oak finishes in the Stickley brand line than cherry. Stickley is known for his quarter sawn oak, mostly his early fumed looks.

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I've been in the Stickley facility as we help with some of their finishes.
There are a lot more quartered oak finishes in the Stickley brand line than cherry. Stickley is known for his quarter sawn oak, mostly his early fumed looks.
I'm talking early 20th century stickley furniture. But you're right, even back then, QS white oak was far more popular, but cherry was used as well.
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I'm talking early 20th century stickley furniture. But you're right, even back then, QS white oak was far more popular, but cherry was used as well.

Plentiful far more plentiful.

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Plentiful far more plentiful.

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Check this out. I have one (give to me at the Stickley factory many years ago) original Gustav Stickley modern oak spindle high back chair. Probably weighs 75lbs. I have plastic over the seat cushion to protect it. No telling what it is worth.

Check out these prices at auctions in the past with Stickley pieces:
https://www.stickley.com/lastingvalue/
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I'll bet it does weigh 75 lbs. $$$$$$$$

When it comes to oak. I hate flat sawn. Just flat out way to grainy for my liking. But quarter sawn and fumed and I'm all in. I've also only liked the grain filled.

Good for you on the chair. We have a Morris chair floating around the family but I'm not in line to inherit it.

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"I may have enough actual walnut out of the pile to finish the chair but I'd have to use laminated legs "

On original arts and crafts furniture, legs were made of four pieces put together with a sort of lock miter at the corners. This was done so that all four sides could show quarter sawn grain. Could that be a way for you to avoid laminated legs?
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"I may have enough actual walnut out of the pile to finish the chair but I'd have to use laminated legs "

On original arts and crafts furniture, legs were made of four pieces put together with a sort of lock miter at the corners. This was done so that all four sides could show quarter sawn grain. Could that be a way for you to avoid laminated legs?
If I do the chair using QSWO I may try to do quadralinear legs - I bought a lock miter bit a long time ago to try that but I never gave it a shot. If I was going to use flat sawn walnut stock I'd rather just use 8/4 stock to start.

I went through all of the boards tonight to see what those pieces of 'walnut' really were and see if I could possibly finish the chair in cherry instead so I wouldn't have to scrap what I did so far. I really need to look at the wood I am buying from now on, out of the 13 boards I bought, I believe only 5 of them are actually walnut. It looks like the mix also contained 8/4, 5/4 and 4/4 cherry boards, 6/4 and 4/4 maple, 1 piece of 4/4 poplar and I think an 8/4 piece of pine. There were also 2 cherry (I think) 4x4s that I took that the boards were sitting on but they were too knotty to use for anything. I feel stupid I didn't notice it at the time, but they all looked very dark, I guess just from being covered in dust. I guess overall it was still a decent buy - I think I paid like $60 for the lot and the one walnut board at 4/4 x 18 1/2 x 102 is probably worth close to that alone, but need to remember to take my block plane along to verify in the future. I attached pics of 3 boards I wasn't totally sure about.. pretty sure they are maple, poplar and some kind of pine.

On the plus side I do think I have enough cherry to finish the chair if I can work around all of the defects in the boards so it won't be a total loss.
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