messing with colors

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this is a piece of book matched tiger maple that I had attempted to use as a veneer before I knew that you needed to balance the veneer with material on both sides of the substrate…

as a result the piece was warped to the point that it would not have worked to make the box top that I wanted to make. so I decided to try some wood dying techniques. I kind of tried to create a sunrise effect that would be kind an artistic piece. Although I am not much of an artist so to speak, I thought that it was fun and the effect created was really cool.

I used analine dyes, and finished it with General finishes gloss polyurethane. I sanded it down to 4000 grit wet sand. I then buffed it to a shine with menzerna polish. In the future I will use a laquer finish since it is harder and seems to sand an buff out a little better.

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#1 posted 1556 days ago

That’s great. Maybe not too late to add a veneer to the opposite side to pull it back into shape. Would make a nice box top.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 1556 days ago

That looks cool!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 1556 days ago

Nice colors and grain.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 1556 days ago

interesting ,

well worth the trial .

i like the blending .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 1556 days ago

nice colors, you could have saved the top too if you put another piece of veneer on the other side and pressed it between two boards to get it as flat as posible. It should have worked, but i don’t know how thick the wood is so i would have to say 1/2” and under it would work 3/4” and up you would need alot of pressure then it should work. Anyway now you have some good prctice at useing dyes to get very nice colors you can use on other piceces. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 1556 days ago

Good experiment. I agree with Kate it may not be too late to flatten it for use as a box top.


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

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