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Blog entry by Tim Dahn posted 1764 days ago 2019 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working with dye can be a test in faith, I tried it out on a scrap piece first. Looks unimpressive here.

It looks a lot better with Shellac.

Also installed the door hinges.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.



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stefang

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#1 posted 1764 days ago

Very nice piece. That shellac really made a big difference.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 1764 days ago

Very nice! What stain did you use? That looks a bit like the dark ammonia fumed aniline dye I have. Also, what cut did you use and what color of shellac? I may be making a couple of clocks for wedding gifts.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 1764 days ago

A great looking job. Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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4thumbs

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#4 posted 1764 days ago

Nice work! Haven’t worked much with dyes, but my experience is similar – can’t really tell what it’s going to look like until you get a finish on it.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 1764 days ago

looks good tim

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Tim Dahn

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#6 posted 1764 days ago

Thanks guys. CaptainSkully, I used TransTint dye – medium brown mixed with denatured alcohol, dries fast.

and Zinser seal coat, which is a two pound cut. It’s clear and can also can be tinted with the dye.

Never used Shellac before either and really like using it, low odor easy cleanup with denatured alcohol.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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CaptainSkully

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#7 posted 1764 days ago

I use a ton of TransTint and am always getting isopropyl at Costco. I’ve been told that aniline dye in alcohol is not as color fast as in distilled water for some reason. I like it because it doesn’t raise the grain. If the piece isn’t going to be sitting in the sun or near a window, I’m not sure if it matters. My bedroom set is in a cave and it looks as good as the day I made it (over a year ago).

Did you have trouble with the shellac drying too fast on you so that you couldn’t keep a wet line going? I’m getting ready to use shellac for the first time on my Limbert table. I’ve been warned it’s kind of difficult to use.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 1764 days ago

I have not experienced shellac drying so fast so that you couldn’t keep a wet line going. What I have read is do not try to go back over the same spot as you would with varnish or poly. The seal coat is thin so it takes multiple coats but dries fast so you can apply several coats in a short amount of time.

My plans are to apply several coats, sand smooth then apply a top coat of a wiping varnish.

Interesting note on the Isopropyl, is there any difference than using denatured alcohol? Cheaper?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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CaptainSkully

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#9 posted 1757 days ago

That’s a good question and one I don’t know the answer to: denatured vs. isopropyl. Anyone?

BTW, I used the amber shellac and it came out pretty well.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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