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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 09-24-2017 06:17 PM 386 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Right Color –
 
Wanting to capture the color of the altar table in the Harvard Chapel of Southwark Cathedral, London, I decided (after a bit of trial and error)  on a concoction of 4 ounces of General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/Stain (straight out of the can)  diluted with 1-1/2 ounces of water.
 

 
I covered the cocobolo butterflies with tape and slathered on a quick coat, letting it sit for about ten minutes before soaking up the residue with a paper towel. I let this dry for about 30 minutes before applying a second coat, concentrating heavily on the sap wood. Same as before, I let it sit for about ten minutes before soaking up the residue with a paper towel.
 

 
And … look Ma … no more sap wood! As you can see in the background I used this same concoction/process on the barley twist split spindle.
 

 
I let this sit for a day or two before attaching the gadrooned trim pieces and applying the first coat of boiled linseed oil. I just love the color.
 

 
With the kneeling platform completed … it’s time to move onward and upward. Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 – Butterflies & Trim
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 – Gadrooning
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 – The Right Color

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-24-2017 07:00 PM

Is it just my eyes going bad as they are, or did the butterflies take on the same color as the dye, after application of the BLO? (Last photo)
Anyway, really looking good, nice antique appearance with that brown.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 09-24-2017 07:03 PM


Is it just my eyes going bad as they are, or did the butterflies take on the same color as the dye, after application of the BLO? (Last photo)
Anyway, really looking good, nice antique appearance with that brown.

- Oldtool

Tom, it may just be the light at that angle. Here is another shot …
 

 
... they are dark, but still quite distinguishable. Thanks!
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 09-24-2017 11:21 PM

Are you going to stain it with sunshine, too? It’s looking pretty darned good, but for some reason I expected the cocobolo butterflies to be darker. Then again, my brain has been kinda goofy all day, so maybe that’s it.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 10:28 AM



Are you going to stain it with sunshine, too? It s looking pretty darned good, but for some reason I expected the cocobolo butterflies to be darker. Then again, my brain has been kinda goofy all day, so maybe that s it.

- Dave Polaschek

Dave, as I continue with the side, back, and door panels I’ll place the Ambrosia maple pieces in the sun. I will try and keep the walnut pieces out of the sun this go round. As to the cocobolo butterflies … they currently have but one coat of boiled linseed oil … maybe they will get darker.
 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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