Tiger Maple #1: Suggestions

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Blog entry by NJwoodCraftsman posted 09-27-2010 08:20 PM 8908 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Any suggestions for finishing Tiger Maple? I am making a Queen Anne end table as a donation for “Race for the Cure” and I would like the table top to really pop. I know I need to seal and protect the top but I just want to do it right the first time. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks Roger

-- Roger Holdredge

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 09:29 PM

several suggestions:

1) check out the woodwhisper’s “pop goes the maple” (or something like that) video
2) glen huey has a video. I think it is called “finishes that pop”
3) darren nelson did a blog WAY back in the beginning of this sight about popping the grain on a knofe handle (although he used RIT dyes and I’m under the impression that it might not be colorfast when exposed to light for many many years)
4) I know there are tons of other posts on this site about it. Check out the search feature.

The general consensus seems to be to apply some type of darker dye that will soak into the finish. Once dry, sand it lightly to remove the parts where the dye didn’t soak in deeply. Then reapply the lighter dye over the top. then finish however you’d like, (but be careful your finish doesn’t contain a solvent that will pull the dyd back out). That’s the general impression I’ve gotten on how to do it.

Oh yeah, and do lots of test samples (-:

Good luck and welcome aboard.

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 01:27 AM

Here is a vid from a guy (and fellow lumberjock) who knows his stuff.

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 04:29 AM

The Pop Goes the Maple video is really good…..basically, a dye mixed with alcohol put on then a light sanding. The differing densities of wood grain soak up differing amounts of dye. After that I would use a couple coats of dewaxed shellac, but I am very fond of spraying shellac.

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:59 AM


You might take a look at Tommy McDonald’s blog here on LJs making a Slant Top Tiger Maple Desk. There are a couple entries on the finish.


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