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Reefinny
08/22/2016, 07:32 PM
So as some of you that have seen my build thread know I am upgrading to a 225. So I built a Beautiful stand and am close to the staining part. I have narrowed it down to one in that I really like - but thought I would have a little fun to see what you all think and please - if there is a color stain you like please post up.

English Chestnut
Red Oak
Golden Oak
Natural

Gorgok
08/22/2016, 07:48 PM
Without seeing where it goes picking a color seems silly to me.

Salty150
08/22/2016, 08:42 PM
So as some of you that have seen my build thread know I am upgrading to a 225. So I built a Beautiful stand and am close to the staining part. I have narrowed it down to one in that I really like - but thought I would have a little fun to see what you all think and please - if there is a color stain you like please post up.

English Chestnut
Red Oak
Golden Oak
Natural

Nice stand and canopy!

As far as stain color - I think the golden oak and natural make it look like everyone else's.

I like the chestnut or red oak :)

Is it 72" x 24"?

Reefinny
08/22/2016, 08:55 PM
Thanks. 72 x 27 I like the English as well, really shows the grain.

It's going in a living room.

Ou8me2
08/22/2016, 08:56 PM
I went with Red Oak :thumbsup:

Salty150
08/22/2016, 09:14 PM
Thanks. 72 x 27 I like the English as well, really shows the grain.

It's going in a living room.

Nice!

Can you tell me the width of your columns on the stand and canopy?

Lsufan
08/22/2016, 09:45 PM
I personally like a darker colored stain. I have one that I used red oak on & I like it but on my other I wanted it to have a little more red so I mixed red mohogany & Sedona red 50/50 & I liked it as well

Reefinny
08/23/2016, 01:07 AM
Nice I like the idea of custom. I liked the English because it's darker with out going to dark if that makes sense.

I cut the columns using 5/4 × 8" and a 3/4" half moon Groove

Salty150
08/23/2016, 10:02 AM
Nice I like the idea of custom. I liked the English because it's darker with out going to dark if that makes sense.

I cut the columns using 5/4 × 8" and a 3/4" half moon Groove

Excuse my ignorance, lol.

5/4 × 8" ?

Lowefx
08/23/2016, 11:32 AM
This is KONA. 2 or 3 coats. Thought it would be much darker, but turned out great.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160823/87f8421af20479e4fa6b12d1bc10b809.jpg

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davocean
08/23/2016, 11:37 AM
I agree it really depends on what else is in your home and color scheme you are tying into.
On the matter of custom mixes, just be aware it can be a pain to match later if you need to, so if you go that route make sure to mix enough to store some for repairs or additions later.

Reefinny
08/23/2016, 02:22 PM
Excuse my ignorance, lol.

5/4 × 8" ?
5/4 is the thickness. It is not standard 3/4 inch thick boards

Reefinny
08/23/2016, 02:23 PM
This is KONA. 2 or 3 coats. Thought it would be much darker, but turned out great.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160823/87f8421af20479e4fa6b12d1bc10b809.jpg

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Nice I like that

Salty150
08/23/2016, 02:37 PM
5/4 is the thickness. It is not standard 3/4 inch thick boards

Ah...

I asked because I am trying to figure out the column dimensions on my 210 gallon 72" x 24" build.

And your proportions (8" wide) look just about right.

Reefinny
08/23/2016, 07:18 PM
Ah...

I asked because I am trying to figure out the column dimensions on my 210 gallon 72" x 24" build.

And your proportions (8" wide) look just about right.
The board behind the column is a 1 x 10

I have a build thread under the diy section

Reefinny
08/24/2016, 05:23 AM
Ah...

I asked because I am trying to figure out the column dimensions on my 210 gallon 72" x 24" build.

And your proportions (8" wide) look just about right.


here it is

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2593677

CafeReef
08/24/2016, 07:17 AM
It is extremely important to remember that stain darkness varies greatly by a few different factors.

1- how many coats you do
2- how long you let it sit before wiping it away
3- the type of wood
4- the density of the grain in the wood varies by type as well (two panels of oak can look vastly different)

So when you choose a color, understand that it will not come out exactly as you envisioned, it will be close, but not exact. The great thing of staining wood is that the beauty of it is literally how organic the of a material it is. It's almost like magic and it's an amazing thing.

Choosing a color also depends on a few things to consider, from an asthetic perspective, you really should do a tone that is similar to it's surroundings. IE, furniture color tones in the house, trim colors, floor colors, wall colors etc. If you are looking for balance that is. If you are wanting something to stand out, then you really can get away with personal preference.

Also remember, the darker you go, the more flaws in the wood that will show as the stain will settle into those areas.

I think your going to be in great shape either way. just wanted to give some of my 2 cents. :)

DePinchGonze
08/24/2016, 05:43 PM
I used a black dye all over the stand and let it soak into the grain then sanded it down so the only black was the grain, then a Cabernet stain, and 4 coats of poly. Turned out real nice.

Reefinny
08/29/2016, 08:43 AM
It is extremely important to remember that stain darkness varies greatly by a few different factors.

1- how many coats you do
2- how long you let it sit before wiping it away
3- the type of wood
4- the density of the grain in the wood varies by type as well (two panels of oak can look vastly different)

So when you choose a color, understand that it will not come out exactly as you envisioned, it will be close, but not exact. The great thing of staining wood is that the beauty of it is literally how organic the of a material it is. It's almost like magic and it's an amazing thing.

Choosing a color also depends on a few things to consider, from an asthetic perspective, you really should do a tone that is similar to it's surroundings. IE, furniture color tones in the house, trim colors, floor colors, wall colors etc. If you are looking for balance that is. If you are wanting something to stand out, then you really can get away with personal preference.

Also remember, the darker you go, the more flaws in the wood that will show as the stain will settle into those areas.

I think your going to be in great shape either way. just wanted to give some of my 2 cents. :)

all good points

skiingfast
08/30/2016, 05:10 PM
It is extremely important to remember that stain darkness varies greatly by a few different factors.

1- how many coats you do
2- how long you let it sit before wiping it away
3- the type of wood
4- the density of the grain in the wood varies by type as well (two panels of oak can look vastly different)

So when you choose a color, understand that it will not come out exactly as you envisioned, it will be close, but not exact. The great thing of staining wood is that the beauty of it is literally how organic the of a material it is. It's almost like magic and it's an amazing thing.

Choosing a color also depends on a few things to consider, from an asthetic perspective, you really should do a tone that is similar to it's surroundings. IE, furniture color tones in the house, trim colors, floor colors, wall colors etc. If you are looking for balance that is. If you are wanting something to stand out, then you really can get away with personal preference.

Also remember, the darker you go, the more flaws in the wood that will show as the stain will settle into those areas.

I think your going to be in great shape either way. just wanted to give some of my 2 cents. :)

Café Reef I agree so much with what you wrote. I'm a very amateur woodworker with projects randomly over the year. Nothing turns out perfect but my technique slowly improves.

I would suggest one thing. Test it out. Use a pieces of scrap or the backside or inside and see how it turns out. Try different stains and different woods and 1 and 2 above. 4 is hard to control unless you are making panels out of the same piece of wood, but that should really be left to a cabinet maker, $$$.

Reefinny
11/21/2016, 06:34 AM
Finally got a coat of stain on. Been a slow go.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161121/9ae6a8ffad7ae42b18e2bfd88ded37cf.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161121/77dd48de30bfde9dce7317e60ec95f87.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161121/8a1056983577cc09047139614bd86242.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161121/9fca9438e985a5229a02f7302ffed3de.jpg

MrDaniel
11/21/2016, 04:27 PM
That looks very nice. It will fit in with anything. Especially a fully stocked reef tank :)

pisanoal
11/22/2016, 04:19 AM
Looks great. Glad you went darker, Im not a big fan of light colored stands/hoods unless its white in a light colored surrounding.

luvreefs23
11/22/2016, 03:07 PM
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x195/denman21_photos/2E76787B-B464-465F-A45A-2250C00BB86A_zpsx6s0q5t6.jpg (http://s182.photobucket.com/user/denman21_photos/media/2E76787B-B464-465F-A45A-2250C00BB86A_zpsx6s0q5t6.jpg.html)


That's minwax ebony stain on my red oak stand & canopy I built for my 120. One application, and 3 coats of poly...looks a little more golden colored in person.

ElCamino
11/26/2016, 08:53 PM
color is very subjective

Reefinny
11/27/2016, 05:39 PM
Looks great. Glad you went darker, Im not a big fan of light colored stands/hoods unless its white in a light colored surrounding.

Yeah thanks - Pics only do so much. Live it is a nice rich color.