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    I have just finished making a coffee table from scratch out of pine, but we cannot decide if to stain it a light or dark wood colour (or maybe something in between). Any ideas. I have agreed to take the majority verdict.

    Pic below.

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    Original Poster

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2008-3/1301168/coffetable(Small).JPG

    Its beautiful well done, I would go light but it depends on your other furniture,

    light :thumbsup:

    light, as natural as poss

    Looks really good btw, well done

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    Light...depending though as Kidcat says


    Yh good job!

    Light, wow i want one lol

    I've gotta say you've done a cracking job there, it's lovely. It looks shaker in style to me so I would suggest the lighter version or even white :).

    Wow, that looks fab. I'm sure all family and friends will nag you to make them one now!
    I agree with wonderwoman, light or even white would look great.

    wow it looks really good

    if you go light and find its not dark enough
    you can always add additional coats/colour
    however if you go dark depending what you use
    its going to be difficult if not impossable to lighten it

    so personally i'd start light and see how it looks

    go light and then darken if you dont like it,lovely table btw

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    kidcat;2161349

    Its beautiful well done, I would go light but it depends on your other … Its beautiful well done, I would go light but it depends on your other furniture,


    Thanks.
    Actually, I ripped off the design from one I saw at ]furniturevillage.co.uk a few months ago. It was called Java, but had the drawers at the top and only on one side. I decided to have four drawers. It was £595 on their site. The wood cost me less an £80.00.

    U made that? well done

    btw light

    I reckon light aswell.

    light oak is beautiful and natural

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    wow im impressed, well done, and i would go light, you can always change it to darker if you dont like, i like natural wood, can never understand why folk paint it - lol

    Light - as it will darken with age anyway. Good job!

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    Very nice work. Just get some darkish wax stain which needs a few coats to achieve its colour and stop when you are happy. Never start dark as then you'll be sanding it all off if unhappy.

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    sassie;2161495

    wow im impressed, well done, and i would go light, you can always change … wow im impressed, well done, and i would go light, you can always change it to darker if you dont like, i like natural wood, can never understand why folk paint it - lol


    I agree. Paint would hide the grain, which I like to see.

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    Rockhound;2161539

    Light - as it will darken with age anyway. Good job!


    very true.

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    csiman;2161541

    Very nice work. Just get some darkish wax stain which needs a few coats … Very nice work. Just get some darkish wax stain which needs a few coats to achieve its colour and stop when you are happy. Never start dark as then you'll be sanding it all off if unhappy.



    Might be a stupid question. Does the wax give a good shine?

    Def Light

    Wow, didn't realise you were the handy man type -I'm well impressed! Light too.
    Have you decided yet?

    How dark were you considering? I can tweak what's below if required.

    http://xs227.xs.to/xs227/08215/coffetabledark452.jpg

    Oops, i've made a miscut on the left

    Oh no thats way too dark. needs to be much lighter more sort of "limed"

    IMHO of course sorry

    Predikuesi;2161561

    Might be a stupid question. Does the wax give a good shine?



    No, not really. If you just stain it than use something like Briwax natural it will retain it's colour. But give you a sort of matt finish. Briwax Antique tends to darken things off a little. I think if you want it really shiny (like Mr Sheen) you either need to do loads of coats of wax or laquer it.

    Whatever you decide to use do a patch test perhaps on the underside of the table where it will never be seen.

    Hmm.. like this?
    http://xs227.xs.to/xs227/08215/coffetablelighterstain779.jpg

    wow thats really good!good stuff!

    id keep it lightish, like eveyone says you can go from light to dark but to go the other way would be harder. Great table by the way.
    Wanna make me one? lol

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    hannah19790;2161851

    Wow, didn't realise you were the handy man type -I'm well impressed! … Wow, didn't realise you were the handy man type -I'm well impressed! Light too. Have you decided yet?



    I have picked up things as I have gone along. Don't know if it helps, but I know a carpenter who is always looking for joiners!

    Most people are suggesting light. I will probably go for a lightish oak or beech effect.

    Don't stain it, oil is better :thumbsup:

    If ya do use a stain, don't use a water based one as it will raise the grain. :?
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