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Project by Hawk9 posted 10-15-2010 12:56 AM 1915 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s see now. 3 hardware stores, 2 big box stores, 3 lumber yards, and 4 mail order houses. And now , thanks to LJ hairy, I’ve got to add grocery stores to my project supplier list. Who knew that wood dye would be in the wife’s kitchen labeled “food/egg coloring”. Sure wish it came in pints.

Anyway, maple body, bandsaw interior, sand, add walnut bottom. Bandsaw exterior shape, sand. Used this on 3/8” maple to outline leaf. Cut leaf. Sanded to shape. Used Dremel tool to cut veins. Dyed. 2 coats of spray lacquer to seal then used Sharpie on the veins. More spray lacquer.

OK for 1st attempt, but I keep thinking about the other colors in the box of dye. What can I do with red, blue and yellow? Any ideas?

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 02:49 AM

Great job…Hairy is going to be proud!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 07:14 AM

Terrific little gem Hawk. The dye job came out great. Been thinking of using some blue dye on a piece of maple for a box I’m working on. Did you happen to drip any of that blue on anything? I wonder if it will come out as vivid as the green. I’ll have to experiment with this. Thanks for the post!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 02:25 PM

blue and yellow = green; red and yellow = orange; red and blue make purple So I say you can make about anything you want using your wife’s food coloring. :) What fun!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 07:06 PM

Fantastic box. I really like the way we all give and get ideas on this site. The sharing of info is what makes this place great. And of course all the great people we get to meet.

On the use of other colors….....Do you turn at all? Could use them for dying Christmas ornaments. That is what I plan on doing. Also Kids Tops.

Just another idea.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 08:31 PM

Very Nice! I think Hairy will be proud!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 08:52 PM

I made a little bulldozer for my son and used yellow food coloring for the color. Instead of mixing it with water I mixed it with alcohol, that way it didn’t raise the grain and dried faster. After it was dry I covered it with shellac. So far it is holding up well. It is not a vivid yellow, but did add a nice color to the pine.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-16-2010 02:32 AM

Nice box hawk, I like it!

Kroger’s has Neon food color. I’m set, just waiting to use them. Actually, I get a lot of items at Kroger’s to use in the shop. Fingernail file boards comes to mind.

I’ve turned flowers, and colored them with food colors. I’m unsure of the long term.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 04:00 AM

Very unique. and wow! who’d a thunk it…... food coloring….. how’s it holdin up?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-21-2010 04:06 AM

That’s very nice Hawk.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 04:20 AM

Hairy: maybe dem flowers be edible in a while? lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 05:04 AM

As long as the coloring is sealed about the only thing that could affect the color would be direct sunlight. Thanks ya’ll for your interest and comments.

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