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I am just finishing building a Communion table for a church out of Oak.

They want it natural, but with ML Campbell clear two-part lacquer.. I have heard of first applying a NEUTRAL STAIN to add to the look.....

Your comments are most welcome, and needed.

Dale in Indy
 

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Have you gone and looked at the rest of the oak it needs to match?

Their "natural" may have the pores filled with a black, and then have untold layers of oil based varnish, which has darkened with age.
 

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No, they don't have any Oak pieces/furniture now.

I have heard in the past of some folks using a NEUTRAL STAIN to give the oak a more pleasant look.

I will go to my paint/stain store and discuss, THANKS.

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You might try making some samples on scrap wood. Make one with just the lacquer and one with a natural stain or linseed oil. The stain is just going to make the grain pop. The ML Campbell lacquer is a catalyzed lacquer and won't yellow with age like a nitrocellulose lacquers.
 
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