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#1 posted 10-18-2012 05:37 PM

It’s hard to tell from the computer I’m on, but is it actually white, or is it just the light natural maple showing through? Again, hard to tell, but it looks to me like it might just be the maple showing through?

If I would’ve kept sanding more on this trivet, the maple would’ve come through even more. I simply dyed it all blue, then sanded it down a bit, lightly exposing a little of the natural wood underneath.

I wonder if doing something like white washing it by adding an alcohol-friendly dye to Seal Coat, then applying a coat of the dyed Seal Coat, then lightly sand to remove part of it down to the bare wood, then add the blue? I’m thinking that may get the dye down into the softer grain, then once you sand, you’d be exposing part of the wood to accept the blue dye. Just don’t use an alcohol-based blue, and have it essentially “sit” on top of the shellac, then wipe it down, leaving your white in-place. Not the best description, but I’m thinking something like that might work, if I’m thinking about it correctly? Does this sound like a feasible option?

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