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Thoughts on Using Aniline Dye to “Pop” Curly Maple Veneer

126 days ago by HillbillyShooter | 9 comments »

“Popping” curly maple is something I’ve wanted to try for some time, so I decided to test it on drawer fronts for a slant cabinet I built last year. My buddies at O-P Hardwood were out of curly maple so I ended up using curly maple veneer. The aniline dye I chose was W.D. Lockwood Early American Maple Yellow from Tools for Working Wood. There are great instructions for the preparation and use of this dye on the web site. The main two things I’d emphasize are: (1) use hot, distilled water to mix the dye powder; and, (2) be sure to make test strips on the same material upon which you’ll actually be using the dye. First, I mixed the dye as instructed in a quart jar, labeling it “1:...

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