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Old November 27th, 2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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Chestnut Ridge vs Fiebings

OK I just went to buy a small $15 container of Chestnut Ridge stain and got hit with a $14 shipping fee so I backed off the purchase.

Then I did some Google-fu-ing and found two references (opinions) that Chestnut Ridge is simply re-labeled Fiebings leather dye.

I'm not trying to solve that mystery but I am wondering if anyone could speak to the use of Fiebings dye as being a worthwhile product to try?

PS - I'm looking for a dark reddish/brown tint for my Big Red birch

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Old November 28th, 2016, 05:04 AM   #2
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If you look at the pictures of Wade and Wes you will see these bottles on their work bench.
Yes this is good stuff.

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Chestnut Ridge is not Fiebings. CR is dark, dark stuff and will hide subtle grain unless used sparingly. It will impart that USGI-look to a plain-jane birch or walnut, but IMO is not desirable for highlighting grain or flame that you've spent many hours lifting out of the finish.

Fiebings is more subtle and comes in a myriad of hues. I have used it more than anything else in luthier work as it tends to linger in the dark grain of curly maple more than other stains (even StewMac).

Wes should really chime in here, nobody has a better eye for color on birch than Wes and he has developed a color combo with the StewMac line that Chestnut Ridge nor Fiebings can approach.

Have fun!

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Chestnut Ridge is not Fiebings. CR is dark, dark stuff and will hide subtle grain unless used sparingly. It will impart that USGI-look to a plain-jane birch or walnut, but IMO is not desirable for highlighting grain or flame that you've spent many hours lifting out of the finish.

Fiebings is more subtle and comes in a myriad of hues. I have used it more than anything else in luthier work as it tends to linger in the dark grain of curly maple more than other stains (even StewMac).

Wes should really chime in here, nobody has a better eye for color on birch than Wes and he has developed a color combo with the StewMac line that Chestnut Ridge nor Fiebings can approach.

Have fun!

Thanks Wade, just the kind of info I'm looking for.

I do hope Wes can chime in too, I welcome all input.

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Old November 28th, 2016, 09:58 AM   #5
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Being old fashioned I use the wet sand boiled linseed approach to finish but only on walnut stocks. If you want to emphasize the classic Winchester "red" finish you can merely add a bit of suitable artist oil paint of maroon, wine, or dark red to the oil and apply as normal. The Winchester red finish as it's called does not stem from the M14 or any other service rifle but from their rifles of many years ago and in fact you can buy a commercial version of their finish which gives the same color on the stock. Dark red tint walnut stock, green GI cotton web sling, parkerized metal finish is a very classy appearance. Just a suggestion.

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Chestnut ridge is pretty red. I like it though...


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Also, alcohol based stains will lighten quite a bit with the first coat or two of oil, especially if you don't wait a good, long time between oil coats. Like a week.

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