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#1 posted 10-19-2012 05:14 AM

So I recommended Trifern’s tutorial/post, yet suggested something else before doing so. Not enough sleep last night, nor enough coffee this morning, in addition to thinking about blending paint lately was a bad combination for my first post… sorry. It’s also clearer in looking at it at home on a nice monitor, versus what I was viewing it on earlier.

In thinking about this a couple of times today, I think it’s either a dark blue overall, or black first, as others have said above. The really dark color (blue, black, whatever) should really heighten and darken the grain first, and really show up after sanding it back, then hitting it with blue, and sanding back until you get down to more or less the first layer of wood.

Basically not only building layers of color, but showcasing the differences in depth between them, and especially the differences between the two hardnesses of wood in the maple, which allows for this type of technique to work well in the first place.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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