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Madrone Sapwood

I am working on a kitchen table project using some pacific madrone lumber. There is a very large amount of sapwood throughout all the boards 50/50 maybe. I love the contrast of the pale pinkish sapwood with the muted red heartwood but the contrast is a little to stark.

Does anyone have any suggestions to improve the color matching?

Would it help if I were to apply a gel type stain? I was considering sealing the wood with a shellac and applying a very light red gel stain throughout. But being inexperienced I am not sure that would help or benefit the project. Any comments?

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we stain when there is a contrast we can't live with. sealing first would lessen the impact of the staining. maybe you can test on the underside.
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Just my opinion but part of the beauty of the madrone is that contrast...why get rid of it?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Just my opinion but part of the beauty of the madrone is that contrast...why get rid of it?

+1 on that, but everyone has their own tastes.

By the way, I'd love it if you could send me pics of some of it for my site. I notice that I don't have ANY showing the heart/sap contrast.

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I really do love the contrast but when I line the boards up to make a kitchen table top the piece seems very disjointed and nonharmonious because the sapwood and heartwood are so very different. I just thought maybe i could lessen the extreme and keep the uniqueness too.

Just pooling ideas. I will probably do a test stain on one of the boards that will make up the inside of a leg.

As for the picture I could send you a picture if you like. You want a closeup of some heartwood and sapwood correct? Any specifics?
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As for the picture I could send you a picture if you like. You want a closeup of some heartwood and sapwood correct? Any specifics?

I'll take all you care to send. As you can tell from my site, I am interested in all types of pics. Thanks.

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