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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 01-24-2017 02:56 PM 1262 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And since I retired a firefighter.

All maple wood and I am still using printers ink to dye the wood except the white. I use a glaze when when a dye or stain won’t give me the color I need. Lacquer is the easiest to work with. I was spraying in much too cold temp. and I had to do lots of sanding between coats cause lots of trash was falling from somewhere. This picture came off the internet and I enlarged it to about 14” square.
The hardest part is gluing the pieces back together before the glue set up.

-- Jess Littlefield





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Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 02:58 PM

The black dye becomes a very dark brown on this maple but it highlights great

-- Jess Littlefield

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Myunclehors50

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 03:37 PM

True Craftsmanship. I was a volunteer firefighter in South Carolina. Now my older son is a firefighter. Great job!

-- Scott C. Marks, Fort Mill, South Carolina

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 05:34 PM

Wow, very nice work. Looks really great!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 06:31 PM

That’s a fullacre of good work. LOL

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 09:41 PM

This is a beautiful piece and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 09:47 PM

Using printer inks? I had never thought of that before, that is a very intriguing approach to dyeing the wood. Are you concerned that the inks will fade over time?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 01-25-2017 05:02 AM

Love it! Way out of my league but inspiring.

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scribble

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 12:53 PM

Very nice, i am a volunteer fire fighter and have been toying with the idea of doing this for table insert.

Very nice.

-- If you can't read it Scribble wrote it!! “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”

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Jess Littlefield

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#9 posted 01-25-2017 03:43 PM

Mark years ago the one item I would look for when going to garage sales was water colors like kids use.

Artist have been using water colors forever but whether this is the same exact stuff? I kinda think printers ink is like india ink? Again, don’t know. I have been buying india ink at Hobby Lobby since 1999 but when these places started selling kits for the home printers and then most of the time the ones who bought them just screwed up their printers and in return added what was left in garage sales. The last I bought was 25 cents a bottle and the bottles are 1/2 pints. I did this map in 1999 for grand kids. It consist of 2 1/4” sheets of Baltic Birch I cut the states out, stained with water colors and sprayed with a few coats of Lacquer then glued it on to the solid piece. Great for grand kids to learn where the states go. I made more with just the names of capitals of each state and a black dot where each is located on the state.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#10 posted 01-25-2017 05:56 PM

So amaizing work and colours are great too. Very detailed indeed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 02-21-2017 04:41 PM

I will have to keep an eye out on the garage sales for these inks, thank you for the tip.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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