Serving Tray - Analine Dye Experiment

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Project by CKM posted 04-07-2010 08:15 PM 2289 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This serving tray was made out of piece of left over birch plywood I had in the shop and the sides are made from bamboo flooring tailings from a friend. The main point of this project was to continue working with mixing analine dyes together to try get a good overall look. One added change to the process over last time was to add 2 coats of tung oil to the wood after the dye was applied but before using the wipe-on-poly. This worked out really well and gave it a much cleaner look overall. My sister-in-law saw this tray and really wanted it, so it now resides in her home. However, I said she could have it, but wanted to photograph it first so she could pick it up the next weekend . . . she wasn’t to happy about that at all. ;-)

Overall process:
Apply Black Analine Dye and sand down with 120 grit leaving some spots practically unsanded
Apply Red Analine Dye and sand down with 180 grit leaving some spots a bit unsanded
Apply Yellow Analine Dye and lightly sand the whole project with 180 then 220 grit
Apply 2 coats of Tung Oil
Apply Wipe-on-poly (I think I used 2 coats)

If you look at the second photo you can see that there is an oval shaped area in the middle that is lighter in color which gives the look of it being worn down from use. That was accomplished by sanding the center area more specifically after the black dye was applied.

Here’s the first project where I outline some of the problems I had on my first attempt:


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 08:38 PM

Striking colour. The wear pattern in the centre works well. Like to hear more of your experiments. keep up the good work,


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 12:03 AM

It is looking good, your dyeing process must be working…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 01:14 AM

looks like it is on fire…brilliant color.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 01:50 AM

Thanks for posting the process. Indeed, nice coloration.

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 04:35 PM

Thanks for the comments on this. I want to do more experiments on some darker wood with more figure to see how that would turn out. I’ll be sure to post those when I’m done with them.


-- CKM - Minnesota

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