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Joined: Mar 25 2003

Does anyone know of a Bay Area store that carries Watco Danish Oil in Fruitwood in gallons? I'd prefer not to have have to buy a bunch of quarts.

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Joined: Jan 4 2004

I can't post the name on this site; email me for the info.

renman

ajm
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Joined: Mar 24 2003

Just out of curiosity, what are you using gallons of Watco for? Interior paneling? Beams? Siding? I used Watco natural on all the interior Lauan panelling and it looks great.

-Andrew

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Joined: Mar 25 2003

I've got a number of rooms where one wall of panelling needs to be replaced because of either dry rot or fading so I'm trying to match existing walls. I'm considering a recipe of 1 gallon Fruitwood, 1 gallon Golden Oak and 1 cup of Medium Walnut based on an old post of Jake's.

I have between 10 and 15 panels to do. Will 2 gallons be enough?

ajm
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Joined: Mar 24 2003

2 gallons sounds about right. The open grained Lauan really drinks the stuff up. To match the color of existing panelling I put universal tinting colors (available at any good paint store) into the Watco natural, which gave a bit more flexibility than just using the Watco colors. When I tried just Watco colors, I kept getting something that was too "brown". My existing panelling had a much more golden hue. So I dumped a bunch of gold tinting into the Watco along with some red and brown and I eventually got a perfect match. It unfortunately did take a while to find the right color.

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Hi Tom,

Turns out I won't need all the Fruitwood stain I got--a few gallons are available which you are more than welcome to. It will save me taking them to Hazardous Waste.

I can drop them by your place today or tonight if you're around.

Cheers.
Jake

P.S. For future reference, gallon size of Watco stain can be found at the Bird/San Carlos location of OSH.

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: May 20 2004

Hi
We've gotten the dog-destroyed door replaced, and one other interior door is also new. The outside door is birch (no luan, solid core, 3 ft by 8 ft. available...and at that, they had to cut it down).
Anyway, how much should I buy for these 2 doors? Is one gal of fruitwood and golden oak each enough...or should I plan for more for the trial and error phase.

Also, WHERE did you do your trial and error? Did you get some scrap of the same wood? I don't really want to experiment with the door itself....

S

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You could probably get by with two quarts. A little goes a long way. The formula we used was 40% fruitwood, 60% golden oak, with a touch of medium walnut and a tube of orange universal tinting agent.

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For trial and error, you can get a small piece of luan paneling from southern lumber to practice on.

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Scratch the last advice. To match the color you'll need to get a piece of wood that's similar to your door. However, you could also get a sheet of Luan to cover the interior of the door in mahogany. It would be easier to match than birch.

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We're relatively new Eichler owners (1000 Oaks) and wanted some advice on how best to refinish some of our Philippine Mahogany paneling. We had to replace some of the paneling (which the previous owners painted over) with new Honduran Mahogany. I tried to find the lightest sheets around, but the wood is still a little more on the red side versus the existing golden brown Philippine Mahogany. I sanded down some of the existing Philippine Mahogany panels that were in pretty bad shape and restained/refinished them, but the result came across looking too yellow and the slight opacity in the stain masks the darkness of the grain. I also coated the paneling with a satin varnish which also doesn't match the finish of the existing paneling. I obviously don't know what I am doing!

I looked at most of the threads regarding this subject and still remain uncertain as to what I should do. Has anyone discovering a method for refinishing existing panels that comes close to the look of the existing aged Philippine Mahogany? If Watco Danish Oils are the preffered method, what is the best formula of colors to get that golden hue? Is it best to strip the wood or sand it before applying the product? Do you need to coat the wood with a sealer or is the Watco Danish Oil all you need?

Also, the previous owners installed Pergo flooring which we had removed, but now we are left with doors/door jambs cut too high off the floor level. We'd like to relace all the doors/door jambs with new mahogany to match the existing paneling. Is this even possible? We're looking for a door manufacturer that will fabricate custom doors out of a light mahogany (African maybe?). Any suggestions you may have based on past experience will be greatly welcomed!

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