dyed curly maple clock

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Project by MattMize posted 552 days ago 1230 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a hankering to build a clock out of curly maple and try dying it. I’ve never dyed anything before and I’m pretty happy with the results. I’m still debating on whether or not to dye/stain the birch plywood I used for the back or just leave it as is.

Update: I dyed the birch plywood on the back with the same I used for the maple. It’s still not as dark as I would like. I may try something else. An overlay or something.

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#1 posted 552 days ago

It’s beautiful ! Great choice for the clock face and hands : )
JMO. if you dye the Birch , it would make the pendulum stand out more. I would like it either way : )

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#2 posted 552 days ago

Nice looking clock. Like the figure on the maple, very nice.
I only use alcohol based dye, never had a disappointing result. In my opinion, dying the back to match would be correct, and as Dusty56 says, the pendulum would be more visible.

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#3 posted 552 days ago

I love your clock, the maple and dye is a great match. I too like the results you get from dyes.
Nice job.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#4 posted 552 days ago

Handsome clock!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 552 days ago

Nicely done! I think the due really shows off the wonderful grain in that maple.

I don’t know if you’re looking for votes, but I agree with Dusty – a darker background would look great. If you wanted to try something different, you could use some black cloth as a test (or maybe even as a solution)

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#6 posted 552 days ago

Wow this is gorgeous Matt great job.

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#7 posted 552 days ago

Nicely done. That is really beautiful.

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#8 posted 552 days ago

Beautiful clock!

I agree, try a darker back, and see how it looks.

-- Dean

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#9 posted 552 days ago

Great job it looks wonderful….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 552 days ago

What kind of dye did you use? How was it to work with?

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#11 posted 551 days ago

That’s a very nice clock – a good, simple but solid design.

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#12 posted 551 days ago

Clock is beautiful. I agree with the rest. Dye the back. To me…it almost looks unfinished with the back being natural… Just me…

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 551 days ago

Beautiful clock and yes go ahead and dye the back, looks unfinished, then repost the two pics to show the diffrence it makes…....

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#14 posted 551 days ago

Thanks for all of the compliments and suggestions! I’m definitely going to try to dye the birch on the back to match the rest of the clock. I’ll post more pictures of the finished project!

bbasiaga- I used a transtint vintage maple dye. It was really easy to work with. I just mixed it with filtered distilled water, about a pint, and started dropping drops in it and trying on scraps of the same curly maple I used on the clock itself until I got a color I was satisfied with. Then I just wiped it on with a foam brush. It was as easy as I hoped it would be.

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#15 posted 549 days ago

Looks great. Really well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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