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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 08-12-2015 07:08 PM 544 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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todd4390

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08-12-2015 07:08 PM

I’m making a cooler box with cedar and had one of the boards routed with a CNC a couple of months ago and that board has turned a brown color while my newly milled board is very red. I’m trying to get all three of these boards roughly the same color before attaching and finishing. Unfortunately I can’t run this face of the board through a planer or jointer as I’m sure it will screw up the CNC work. Really wishing I had a drum sander now. Tried sanding one of the brown boards with a ROS but it didn’t change color much. Any ideas how I can get this done in fairly quick fashion as I’m trying to wrap this project up soon?


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#1 posted 08-12-2015 07:51 PM

What about sticking the fresh boards outside in the sunlight to speed up the browning process, instead? They’re going to lose the red hue anyways. Might be easier than making the routed piece red again, only for a short while.

In this picture, the sides of the chest were scraped/sanded to remove the finish, and are on a 50+ year old chest. The top was replaced, and the molding you see there is about a month old. The difference is hard to see, but the top is slightly more red. I saw this chest again the other day (was finished 3 years ago), and all pieces match the sides now, which still looks like it does in the picture. Long story short, they’re not going to stay red forever, and the browns should match up pretty well.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 09:42 PM

Got it baking in sun now. Hopefully that will do the job fairly quickly

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#3 posted 08-17-2015 02:44 PM

Any luck with this?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 08-17-2015 02:52 PM

The fresh board will look like the others in a week or so.
Don’t worry about.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#5 posted 08-17-2015 05:11 PM

Setting the freshly milled piece in the sun for a day worked beautifully. I will be posting images of the finished project very soon when I get done applying the finish. Thanks for all the help.

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#6 posted 08-17-2015 07:10 PM

Glad to hear it worked out, can’t wait to see the finished cooler!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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