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Blog entry by OldWrangler posted 11-12-2014 06:11 AM 1693 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guys, I’ve shown you in the past what Clorox does to Wenge. Today I stumbled on to another wood that benefits from a 2 hour soak in straight Clorox. Take a look. I’m sure it has some applications. I haven’t put a finish on this but it is only gonna make it better.

This wood is Lacewood…..look what it does. The dark side is how it comes from a lumber dealer. This piece was from Woodcraft. The light side is after an emersion in bleach for 2 hours, washed with soapy water, dried and a very light sanding. Watch how it becomes more reflected and has more contrast. Let me know what you think. I am going to do a knife handle from this piece. If it turns out nice I’ll post a pic.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!



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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 11:16 AM

Always cool to see different types of finishes. Great work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 01:39 PM

Hey Wrangler,
The Lacewood should make a great handle. It is very dense and very hard. I like to work with it. (Watch for splinters).
I’ve found it can really get smooth.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 02:15 PM

good ole experiments…you never know what you might get…let us know if your project turns out good…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 05:11 PM

We all learn new things!

Great that you inform us about the experiments! THANKS from the “group”.

-- just rjR

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 06:34 PM

You got a big change there Wrangler
When using bleach on wood it’s always best to use a neutralizer like a wash of baking soda and water, and then water to wash the baking soda off,other wise you may have problems with your finish when you apply it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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kiefer

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#6 posted 11-13-2014 02:42 AM

Interesting colour change and I will be watching how it turns out .
Here is a handle I made for my saw fence with several coats of lacquer as finish .

Sure like the look of lace wood .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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OldWrangler

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#7 posted 11-13-2014 05:25 AM

That Lacewood is hard and heavy but the grain makes up for that. If I can get more I want to do several projects with it.
JIM, THAT IS GOOD INFO. I HADN’T THOUGHT ABOUT. i’VED BEEN WASHING IN SOAP WATER, RINCE IN CLEANAND PUTTING OUTSIDE TO DRY. SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS, MUST HAVE HIT THE LOCK KEY.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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Rick M

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#8 posted 11-14-2014 08:03 AM

Aren’t baking soda and bleach both alkaline?

Neat effect with the bleach and lacewood.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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OldWrangler

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#9 posted 11-14-2014 08:58 AM

Rick, good thinking. I believe both are alkaline. The neutralizer might need to be vinegar. In any case, I think it is a good point that too much of either might react with the finish. Maybe just a good overnight soak in water would be best. Did you see the pics of Wenge when bleached? That is really effective.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 11-14-2014 01:20 PM

I use Oxalic Acid instead of household bleach, and vinegar is the proper neutralizer to stop the bleaching action.
But, I’ve had good luck just washing it thoroughly with plain water. (2 or 3 baths). With Oxalic, a white crystalline powder forms as it dries. IT’S TOXIC and you don’t want to sand it off. But, water get’s it off quite easily.

Give it a try. You’ll not not need to soak it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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OldWrangler

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#11 posted 11-14-2014 03:51 PM

Thank you, Gene. Don’t really need any more toxins than I already got. My wife refers to my shop as the “Saw Dust Malestrom”. I don’t know where it all comes from but you know it is a lot when you have to use a snow shovel to get it up. I’ll post a picture later…It is just about due for a clean up.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 11-14-2014 04:39 PM

Here’s the story on Baking soda ,it works!

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090419132149AAFQ61h

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 11-14-2014 10:32 PM

Here’s what I have learned about using bleach on wood. There are basically three types of bleach that work on wood to change it’s appearance . The first is command household bleach which when used can do a moderate amount of lighting of wood when wiped on and can be useful for lighting and or removing dye,the second is Oxalic acid which will be most effective on removing black stains and rust marks on wood and sometimes lighten it ,lastly is wood bleach the most powerful of the 3 types of bleach.Wood bleach comes in 2 parts an “A” part (sodium hydroxide) applied first and then part “B” (hydrogen peroxide) that should be applied right after part”A”. This is most affective at lighting wood,but also is very dangerous ,so it should be used with care. You should always be careful to never mix anything with bleaches(including other bleaches, because some items mixed with bleach can produce deadly gases . Of course water and or Baking soda is used to neutralize beach so they are fine.
Another chemical to age or oxidize wood is Potassium dichromate it’s commonly used on Cherry and other woods to give them an aged look.
There are other items that are reported to change wood’s color that my work too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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