When my father-in-law said he was making a bench seat, I didn’t picture one as pretty as this one. I got to see the seat in progress when he was part way through building it. Here it is started below without the back or arms on it.
He built it using Tasmanian Oak which has a lovely grain. So I thought it would be nice to stain it rather than paint it. Here it is all ready for me to “do what I think would look best”.
Didn’t he do an amazing job? Dad has always loved his woodworking projects and has made so many beautiful things over the years, from cradles when we had our first baby, to little rocker chair or toys for the kids. He is still creating some challenging pieces at almost 80 years young!
Fusion’s Stain & Finishing Oils
For this piece I knew I wanted to use Fusion’s SFO (Stain & Finishing Oil) on that gorgeous Tasmanian Oak grain, but wasn’t completely sure about the stain colour just yet.
When choosing a stain colour, it really depends on the type of wood you are using, as to what the finished colour will look like and how deep or strong it will be. In the video below – I went live on my Facebook page to show a few tips on how I go about choosing and testing colours to use. (Feel free to skip to the parts you’d like to watch).
Tips in this replay include:
- how to create a 1/2 strength SFO colour
- how to test out your colour before choosing & why you should
- using a brush versus using a lint free cloth/applicator.
I shared a couple of these pics on my Facebook page as progress shots and don’t you love the timber grain. I ended up using the SFO in Cappuccino (if you watched the video, you’ll already know this) and I explain how this colour actually appears a lot darker on some woods than others. But I was so happy with how it looked on the Tassie Oak.
And here she is all finished and ready to greet people in our front entryway.
Have you tried any of Fusion’s SFO’s? What colour do you like in the range?
Other project’s I’ve used SFO for:
- A Black Farmhouse Table using Ebony SFO
- Driftwood SFO on a dark wood & using as a resist with Milk Paint
- Using Cappuccino SFO in a half strength mix with Natural on a Coffee Station Cabinet