Red & Black quilted maple dye job

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Blog entry by bibb posted 09-25-2008 04:34 PM 7166 reads 22 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To all who have asked about the red & black quilted maple on my Pagoda Jewelry box.
I think that in this case ignorance is bliss. After I worked out a recipe that I liked I read on other sites that I had done it all wrong! Oh well, I like the results.
Here is my formula:
½ bottle ( yep, half a bottle) of TransTint black in ¾ cup of distilled water.
Saturate a rag and wipe onto the piece until you get a uniform deep black color.
Let dry until no longer cool to the touch.
Sand with 180 then 220 to bring the long grain back to an almost natural color. I left it a little bit gray with the black figure showing prominently.
½ bottle of TransTint bright red in ¾ cup of water.
Saturate a rag and wipe onto the piece until you get the color you are happy with. In my case I put two coats of red on with about an hour in between the coats.

I finished this with (gasp!) a Minwax wipe on poly. About 15 coats. I know that I just lost any credibility with the purists but again, it worked for me.

That’s it, easy cheesy

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#1 posted 09-26-2008 02:58 AM

Just so people that only see this thread know, this process is referring to the follow project:

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Thanks for sharing. I bet this could be applied to all sorts of other things.

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#2 posted 11-17-2008 04:19 PM

Yikes, beeeuuuteefulll…and thanks for the process you used.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 07:57 PM

I think you did a great job.Thanks for sharing your process.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#4 posted 11-17-2008 08:12 PM

Great looking results. I use dye for my finishes when I want to color them.

I have to tell you that you used way too much dye. 1/10 that amount would have gotten you the same results. A little goes a long way.

When using dyes you get to the point of saturation, where no matter how much dye you add to the mix the results won’t get any darker. This is one thing I learned about dyes in the 10+ years I have been using them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Christina Rytter

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#5 posted 11-17-2008 08:40 PM

Stunning result! Will the same process work on curly maple pen blanks? If anyone has a few tips on this, it would be appreciated. I have about 500 highly figured pen blanks and they’re getting pretty boring.. I’d like to brighten them up a bit :-)

-- Christina, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 05:09 AM

Great looking box. A rich color.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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