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Dyed Poplar Drawer Fronts w/ Airbrushed Vignetting

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Project by Keith Kelly posted 03-14-2017 08:16 PM 4282 views 20 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was more about experimenting with dyes than it was about making drawer fronts, but here’s how it turned out.

We have this IKEA (go ahead and judge me, I don’t care) setup in a little maker space room of our house. A few months ago I put a custom Ash counter on it, and I recently completed the drawers + fronts.

I really wanted specific dimensions of drawers for quick access to small parts, so custom drawers became the answer.

Wood: Poplar. Dyes: TransTint and TransFast. Finish: DW Shellac, Deft Lacquer (gloss), Deft Lacquer (satin)

If you look close you can see that the blue dye isn’t quite as smooth as the other colors. The blue is TransTint; the other colors are TransFast (as well as the black “ebony” vignetting on all). All were diluted with distilled water. I’m not sure if the culprit was the difference between the types of dye, or a difference between my dilution levels of the two.

In the final photo, you can see what the area looks like in full scale project prototyping mode.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com





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majuvla

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 08:33 PM

Realy nice coloration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Texcaster

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 10:50 PM

Nice work. I’m very partial to paint and thinned out stains. Having those samples handy will keep the ideas coming.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 11:35 PM

Love the color and the application..very professional looking.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 01:41 AM

I purchased a number of Transfast dies to experiment with but have yet to open them. I’m feeling some inspiration after seeing your success. Well done.

-- Still lost in Minnesota

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#5 posted 03-15-2017 03:34 AM

Really like the dye look.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 05:11 AM

the uniformity of the colors is very nice, as well as the shades of colors.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 11:23 AM

These dyes seem to yield some beautiful colors.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 12:06 PM

looks cool

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Keith Kelly

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#9 posted 03-15-2017 01:14 PM

While I greatly appreciate the Daily Top 3 award, I feel like I owe the LumberJocks community of woodworkers far more talented than I an apology. I’m truly sorry for bringing LumberJocks.com to a new low by finding a way to get the words “Poplar” and “IKEA” into the top 3, especially in combination with four rectangular sticks of wood. (however, that won’t stop me from basking in the awesomeness of this award!)

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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Keith Kelly

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#10 posted 03-15-2017 01:32 PM



the uniformity of the colors is very nice, as well as the shades of colors.

- bushmaster

This was my first time to use an air brush (Paasche H-series single action). It really atomized the dye well and let me fine tune things with zero splatter. With this size project, an air brush was perfect and used very little dye. If you’re using dyes, even for testing purposes I’d recommend an air brush. The cleanup is wildly fast.


These dyes seem to yield some beautiful colors.

helluvawreck
- helluvawreck

I agree. From my testing, dyes are just as vivid (or very close to it) on Poplar as they are on Maple. (dyes on Oak are not near as vivid, for instance).


I purchased a number of Transfast dies to experiment with but have yet to open them. I m feeling some inspiration after seeing your success. Well done.

- DefiantlyLost

Oh man, get a bunch of 32 ounce Powerade bottles, some distilled water, and mix those dyes up per the directions. Label them “definitely not powerade”. Keep them in a dark drawer or cabinet and they’ll be ready to use/pour into whatever gun or cup, whenever.

-- Keith - Bolivar, Missouri, http://www.SquareOneWoodworks.com

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#11 posted 03-15-2017 02:34 PM

i do like.

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jayseedub

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#12 posted 03-15-2017 04:34 PM

Gorgeous.

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Kelly

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#13 posted 03-15-2017 10:06 PM

The dyes brought this project into the fun category. Nice deal.

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Bertha

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#14 posted 03-16-2017 08:47 PM

I think it’s wonderful. Perfect blend of shade, contrast, and dullness. Plus, I like map chest-type short, wide drawers. I’m really impressed how subdued you managed to get the colors. I’m working on an apothecary chest and this gives me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 03-18-2017 04:05 AM

Love the colors. So rich, yet still shows the wood. I’ve got to try dyes someday. Thanks for sharing.

-- tel

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