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Making QSWO "POP" (not for the faint of heart)

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Making QSWO "POP" (not for the faint of heart)
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I’ve got to say when I first read about this method of highlighting the grain on Quarter Sawn White Oak I was not too sure I wanted to try it on a piece I had spent so much time on. Kind of hard to undo dye. I did test it out on several pieces of scrap, but still …. once you see what your project looks like after the first step you get that gut tightening feeling what the Heck was I thinking! I dyed these tables with a YELLOW alcohol based analine dye.

I don’t recomend you let ANYONE in the shop to see your cherished project at this stage. It’s way too hard to explain the why & how it will look once you get the stain and varnish on….. especially when your loving wife keeps glancing at the project & is less than sucessfull at hiding the mirth in her eyes.

Here’s what they look like with two coats of Watco Black Walnut oil and three coats of wipe on oil/varnish blend. Whew, The wife no longer thinks I’ve gone off the deep end!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/tpursell?ref=si_shop





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Timber4fun

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#1 posted 2215 days ago

Great job. Looks wonderful. I really like the finish. Thanks for sharing. I may have to try Watco Black Walnut oil. Quartersawn White Oak is my favorite choice of wood.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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rikkor

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#2 posted 2215 days ago

It sure does make the grain pop. It looks great!

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Greg Wurst

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#3 posted 2215 days ago

I would be hard-pressed to turn the piece yellow and hope it works-out in the end. Way to see it through!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 2215 days ago

Thanx for putting in those steps – looks amazing (at the end of course… haha)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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tenontim

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#5 posted 2215 days ago

Nice job, Tim. I’ve been experimenting with dyes on the QSWO, but mostly with scraps. It seems yellow works best with figured maple and tamo ash, so I thought it should work ok on oak. I’ve been blending in other dye colors to change the appearance. Haven’t gone off the deep end yet and put it on a completed piece yet.
Looks nice though. Thanks for the post.

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daveintexas

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#6 posted 2215 days ago

Great job. The rays really stand out.

Thanks for posting

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 2215 days ago

Impressive! I can imagine how much guts it takes to do this. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Russel

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#8 posted 2215 days ago

Who woulda thought Yellow was the magic base color? The finished looks fantastic and I admire your courage in moving past the initial step.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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ChuckM

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#9 posted 2215 days ago

Nice work. I love mission-style furniture and yours are a good example of fine arts & crafts design.

The color of the two pieces shown in the second is darker (or ore reddish) in tone than the one in the last picture which seems more brownish. I believe it’s due to difference in lighting when the pictures were taken. Question 1: Which of them better reflects the actual color using your receipe?

Question 2:...three coats of wipe on oil/varnish blend – Is this commercially available? If so, what is the brand name? If not, could you share how we could make it (including the brand names of the materials you used)?

Thanks for sharing.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Garyb6

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#10 posted 2215 days ago

Nice looking grain. I did something similar with a reddish base and come back with a walnut gel on a Morris chair. I would never have thought of using yellow. Good job.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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PineMan

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#11 posted 2214 days ago

Very impressive!

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#12 posted 2214 days ago

WOW. Pop City!!! I am working on a conference table right now with Quarter sawed red oak. I might give yellow dye a try on some scraps and see what it looks like. Got the project on my blog.

Thanks for the post. Very impressive woodwork too. Let’s not forget the woodwork, guys and gals!

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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Dusty56

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#13 posted 2214 days ago

W O W !!! Talk about an instant Antique ! I also have the same questions as ChuckM regarding the true color and “Home brew” or store bought finish .

These are gorgeous tables and it did take a lot of B*s to do this : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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SteveKorz

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#14 posted 2214 days ago

OK, I like this idea a lot! This looks terrific!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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stanley2

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#15 posted 2214 days ago

Tim – I just finished grain filling an A&C table lamp in qswo and came upstairs for a break (my lamps are in my project posts). That is a great finishing schedule and the best I’ve seen for making those rays pop-out. Thanks for the post.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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