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Old 09-29-2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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Colour match oak finish?

I am adding a few bits of functional oak trim to our new 19, and I'm wondering if anyone has already discovered if a clear finish or something honey-tinted is closest to the factory finish?
I realize that different oak can create a different colour than what they have, but let's assume I am using the same wood.


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Old 09-29-2017, 03:49 PM   #2
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I am adding a few bits of functional oak trim to our new 19, and I'm wondering if anyone has already discovered if a clear finish or something honey-tinted is closest to the factory finish?
I realize that different oak can create a different colour than what they have, but let's assume I am using the same wood.


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Escape uses a clear lacquer. I just used a natural oil based polyurethane finish, which matches quite good. It is true that lots of red oak varies a lot in colour, but that is part of the charm of natural wood.

You can see in some of the photos in this thread I started that there are a bit of tonal differences, something that is less noticeable in person, and something that does not look bad at all.
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I've had good results using Varathane Wood Stain on both oak and birch (it's cheaper) additions to my 19'. On oak, 2 coats of the "Summer Oak" color is a good match to the original Escape oak, if maybe just a tiny bit too orange-ish. On birch plywood, a first coat of the "Summer Oak" followed by a light coat of the "Golden Oak" is a good match. Might work well to mix the 2 colors in various ratios and see what you get.
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I find that Varathane water based Diamond finish easy to use and a pretty good match. The largest variable is still the difference between the solid wood and the paneling.

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Thanks for the input.
As it happens, I had some Varathane Diamond on the shelf. Close enough for rock n roll.
I planed down some oak that I had here and got two jobs done:
A piece to span the divider beside the stove, so I could put a magnetic knife rack up, and keep the sharper knives on hand and out of the drawers.
A couple of 2-1/2" square blocks with impressions cut with Forstner bits to put up a curtain rod in front pf the bed for a privacy curtain.
Will snap pics if anyone is interested.
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Will snap pics if anyone is interested.
There's a certain group on the forum that would rather see mods than talk about upholstery colors. Pictures of mods are always interesting to see.

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I really enjoy mod pictures / threads as long as they don't involve upholstery / countertop / flooring colors or glamping .
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For those of you that don't have a spray rig and don't have much luck with a brush, try Minwax wipe on Poly. Likely a fair match to the "natural" oak from the factory and a lot easier to apply. And compatible with all Minwax oil based stains. Not water based though.

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For those of you that don't have a spray rig and don't have much luck with a brush, try Minwax wipe on Poly. Likely a fair match to the "natural" oak from the factory and a lot easier to apply. And compatible with all Minwax oil based stains. Not water based though.

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Or just mix any oil base polyurethane with equal pars of mineral spirits to get the same thing.

I have used wipe-on with lots of projects, but to get a good protective layer you need to do at least twice as many coats as it goes on very thin. It does look good though.

With oil based finishes if you use a good quality (read expensive) natural bristle brush you will get good results without brush marks.
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Old 10-26-2017, 02:52 PM   #11
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Knife rack

Finally getting back to this... I planed down a scrap piece from some oak flooring and sized it to hang a magnetic knife rack next to the stove. A quick application of Varathane diamond, and up it went. I recycled the color matched cap on the more visible screw.
I considered that the magnets may not keep the knives in place on a “rough” road, so I joined the together with some packing foam, at least for travelling. They have no room to wiggle now, and share some magnetic grab. It worked fine on our first mainline logging road drive a few weeks back. Would seem to be a winner.
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Privacy curtain for the bunk.

My dear wife came home with a curtain rod and a curtain for a privacy curtain. The best location for it would be against the light plywood of the cabinets, which may not stand up well in the long run. I thought about using something like they use for coat hanger rods in closets, you know those U-shaped hangers.... but wound up using more of that scrap oak I had. Cut some squares, drilled impressions in them with Forstner bits. There isn’t much fastner strength needed, as the curtain rod has some outward force of its own, so I just used a pair of those 3M removable adhesive strips. I may cut away tye excess after some time, but we will try them as they are for a while.
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Wow what a great looking adaption Brookfielder! Like the dark rod! Reminds me of the bunks on trains!
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My dear wife came home with a curtain rod and a curtain for a privacy curtain. The best location for it would be against the light plywood of the cabinets, which may not stand up well in the long run. I thought about using something like they use for coat hanger rods in closets, you know those U-shaped hangers.... but wound up using more of that scrap oak I had. Cut some squares, drilled impressions in them with Forstner bits. There isn’t much fastner strength needed, as the curtain rod has some outward force of its own, so I just used a pair of those 3M removable adhesive strips. I may cut away tye excess after some time, but we will try them as they are for a while.
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Good solution.

I was thinking of putting an pad eye on each side, and using elasticized cord with hooks on the end. We would do this in the loft to keep stray light away from my wife, as I am usually up a couple hours before here. I am also considering doing the same at the dinette if we bring my mother along in the future at all.

The whole thing could then be folded up to be put away, or hung on the one side only.

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Nice job with the privacy curtain!
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Nice job with the privacy curtain!
We simply close the door
But yes, this sure does a cozier job!
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