First try at stabilizing and dying a pen blank

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Project by Dubb posted 600 days ago 841 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stablilzed this curly maple blank using a vacuum press and minwax wood hardner with blue dye added. I left it in a vacuum for about 12 hours , The dye did not penatrate all the way thru , it is still white in the middle , I am going to try another and let it set for 24 hours. I will let you no how that turns out.

-- Dubb , WV

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#1 posted 600 days ago

Very interesting.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 600 days ago

Did you put the hardener and dye in at the same time? And if so, what kind of proportions did you use?
I think it looks great.

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#3 posted 599 days ago

Kevin I put the die in the hardner , it did not measure . I made the color very deep , my thinking was that there would be areas where the hardner would not penatrate . I have some more blanks that I have left in the hardner / dye for more than 48 hours . I will give them a week to dry and turn them I will post them if the results are differant . I have some splated maple , curly maple , and oak burl drying now.

-- Dubb , WV

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