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Sycamore Finishing #1: Has anyone had experience dyeing QS sycamore

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Blog entry by mrfixitri posted 05-06-2011 02:48 PM 907 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Has anyone had any experience using dyes (not stain) on quarter-sawn sycamore? I have some beautiful stock that I want to use in table tops. But with the wild grain and softness of the wood, I thought I’d ask before taking dye to wood. There’s been a bit of tearout which I guess I’m just going to have to accept. I typically like to use brightly-colored Transtints on my figured woods. I’ve had great results on curly maple, but was wondering if dyes would muck this up.

Thanks!

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home": http://www.circa1679.com



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Mike Gager

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 11:34 PM

cant help you much but id be interested in seeing what you come up with. really neat looking wood

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 03:48 AM

I doubt very much that the dye will muck up the wood. If you have had good luck with curly maple I see absolutely no difference if you do the same thing with sycamore. I have dyed sycamore bowls with good luck. I suggest that you take a deep breath and dye in! (pun intended) “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. Please post when finished!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 04:25 AM

IIRC, bearpie has the all-time record for a beautifully dyed piece of wood, with that fire-like birch plate. As far as I’m concerned, I’d give him some serious green for it.

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mrfixitri

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 02:05 AM

Thanks all. I will post when it’s completed.
Larry

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home": http://www.circa1679.com

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