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Project by wooleywoodsmith posted 05-22-2011 05:23 PM 1373 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow LJ Trifern inspiered! (his stuff is soooo cool)
This is my first experiment with wood die. I purchased a green dry die from Rockler 1oz for 12 bucks. I am not at all completly happy with the way it turned out but at the same thyme I am very happy with the way it turned out.
The species is maple and the tree was felled about 18 months ago-ish. I wish that I would have been able to cut the checks out of the blank but didn’t really think about it.
The size is aprox 6 1/2 inches across and 5 inches tall. I really wanted to have the rim that it has so it was eather use it with the edge missing or not have it at all. I sanded the bowl down to 180 before dieing it which I am not sure if that was the right thyme to apply the die or not.
The third pic is how I am doing is how I started it but sence then instead of putting the glue block on there now I am just attaching the face plate to it then turning it. who cares where the screws go thats all going to be bored out anyway.
after I have the bowl shaped I will then glue a block to the foot to attach to my face plate. Some day I really hope to chuck to eleminate the glue block. But not today so Im still glueing. Any suggestions
And the last picture… as I am cleaning out the bowl before sanding my scraper caught a check and sent the other half of this bowl to the other side of my garage shop, lol it was cool. Glued it back together and marched on.
Should I have used a sanding sealer before dieing the wood????
Thanks for looking and if anyone has any suggestion please feel free to pass them on.
Big thanks to fellow LJ Trifern I love your work, wooley
Again big thanks to fellow LJ Tir

-- wooley

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Matt Vredenburg

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 06:01 PM

Trifern work is very inspiring isn’t it. A few months back FineWoodworker has a video on their site and article a few issues back covering coloring a bowl as you’ve done here. There’s also a video on dying wood and the process that a professions finisher goes though. I will try to find the videos for you.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 07:50 PM

Trifern’s stuff rocks for sure… Follow him along… The experiment looks good – rustic feel. Keep ‘em coming.

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 01:00 AM

I like it… and the security sign in the background of pic #3. LOL

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 04:06 AM

the times that i have tried dyeing wood, i used a wood conditioner prior to staining. more specifically, minwax brand. eliminates most of the blotches.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 02:17 PM

Wiser thank you for your suggestion I was wondering about using a conditioner but wasn’t sure.. Next thyme I will.
Rmoore.. the sign is one of my head stones from our halloween get up. Last year we made up our yard with a trail and had aprox 400+ people walk through generating over 500 lbs of food for our local food shelf. Momma says that I can do it again this year only if we pay someone to clean our house afterwards. Thank all of you for looking and posting coments they are very much appreciated
Wooley (michael in northern wisconsin)

-- wooley

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 02:01 PM

I havent tried dying bowls but I dye pens. The way I dye them is sand to 600 grit and then put on the dye. I use food coloring myself for the small pens. I know if you put the sye on then sand you sand the dye away. defeating your whole purpose. I am going to try and find something on dying bowls and try it out myself. In the mean time, try looking on YouTube for dying bowl videos or type dying bowl instructions into the google page and see what comes up.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#7 posted 07-01-2011 07:40 PM

lathes are scary…but you guys make nice things on them! -if you want any cool, free scraps of dogwood, walnut, persimmon…anything indigenous to Tennessee-let me know!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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