A cerused finish is created by using an open grain wood such as oak and applying a base stain of one color (gray/green stain) and a paste filler of a different color (white filler). Solid white oak is the best wood to use when creating a custom piece of furniture where the client wants the highest quality cerused two-tone finish. White oak is an open grain hardwood known for being very durable, strong with a fine texture and is more expensive than red oak.
This 14′ custom dining table is made out of solid white oak wood with a cerused finish. We built this custom table for a client in CT over the summer. Often when building a dining table over 8′ long, extension leaves for the table top are optional, but for this project the client requested a one piece table top. The gray/green color was custom made to match a color sample provided by the client and the cerused finish was selected/specified before production began. To read more about the types and characteristics of oak wood visit: http://www.craftsman-style.info/finishing/063-oak.htm.