Roland Johnson took on the challenge of refurbishing a set of filing cabinets. His finishing challenges were matching new white oak to the aged patina of the original case and making red oak look like aged white oak. Dry-brushing is a two-step process that begins with traditional staining. The method leaves pigment on the surface of the wood as well as in the pores. You’ll need a good set of brushes and quality stains and tints to follow his example. Just the topcoat of stain gets dry brushed. Johnson clearly explains each step, down to spraying on a protective finish. He also includes side information on tinting and toning colors.

From Fine Woodworking #123