This small range of Oak Panelling and cupboard were created from
an ancient section of cupboard fitted into the reveal on the right
in 15th C stone built house in Derbyshire. The client required the
new oak be blended in colour to match the old.
The old oak cupboard had been dip stripped in caustic soda to remove
paint. The caustic reacted with the oak to produce the grey-brown
colour you see. The old oak was prinicipally quarter sawn. The new
oak was principally flat sawn. So , it was a little like taking a
garment partly made of silk and partly of wool and trying to dye them
so that there was no difference in apperance.
The end result is a close match but the differences in tone are apparent.
It is not that the colours of the wood are actually different, but
that the differences in the grain structure betray themselves. Had
the new section been executed in quarter sawn oak it is likely only
the sharpness of the new joinery would have given a clue to the extension
of the old.
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