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Tiger Maple Pedalboard #2: joinery and finish samples

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Blog entry by markedwardsims posted 02-10-2011 06:23 PM 3463 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: rough cuts and hand dimensioning Part 2 of Tiger Maple Pedalboard series Part 3: Final Dye and Gloss Finish »

I made a little progress on this project, so I wanted to post the updated photos. This has been a great learning experience. I can say that my hand planing skills are getting much better. My hope is to not sand this thing at all, but we’ll see about that after I get it assembled. Here’s the pieces after the dadoes were cut and the holes for the power and audio jacks were drilled:

And dry fitted with the plexiglass:

And I decided to go ahead and make some samples using the dye. It looks a little purple in the photos, but it’s a black dye. I’m really excited about how good the dyed finish looks on this tiger maple. The last time I worked with tiger maple, I used a danish oil finish. It looked nice, but this dye really brings out the figure.

The next part will be the final assembly and finish.



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#1 posted 02-10-2011 07:15 PM

Thats some nice coloring. After which sanding stage dit you put on the dye?

rick

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 08:01 PM

I applied the dye after using a finishing plane on them, so no sanding was done before the initial application. I’ll have to look at my notes on the back of each sample, but I experimented with sanding with 220 between coats on 1 sample, 120 on another, and no sanding on another. I believe the one 2nd from the top was 4 applications of dye with 220 in between each. I think I’d like to try an extremely light cut with the hand plane after an application with dye and see what happens. I really like the look of the planed finish. It seems to have a natural sheen that I haven’t gotten with even the finest sandpaper. From what I’ve read, you gotta experiment with dyes. I’ll do just that and post the results in the next installment.

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