Coordinating Curly Maple Dye with Granadillo

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Forum topic by HorizontalMike posted 11-18-2015 04:24 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2015 04:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dye granadillo curly maple pop figure color coordinate complement matching

I am making my first finger-joint box and doing so with some Granadillo I picked up at WC. The top/lid will be paneled insert, with the frame being curly maple and the insert Granadillo.
Below is a mockup:

FWIW, I am not trying to “match” the maple dye with the Granadillo. I want the “popping” dye to coordinate with and complement the tone of the Granadillo wood but compete with it.

I have already watched Charles Neil YouTube on popping the figure of curly maple, so now…

I need suggestions in picking the appropriate water/alcohol dye for the curly maple frame.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 05:09 PM

I like Trans-Tint dyes… very flexible and easy to use… you should be able to mix, trying this & that to eventually get something you like…

You can mix them with just about everything…

Looks good…

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 11:05 PM

Hey, Mike, long time no see. How ya been?

Joe mentioned the TT dyes which I like to use. You can get a color sample kit and you can view the various colors on Jeff Jewitt's site just scroll down a bit.

-- Art

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 02:07 AM

The last time I went to the Jeff Jewitt’s site, I was about to order 1 bottle of TT & his program charged me an outrageous amount for Shipping... I called & talked to him about it... He gave me a long Song & Dance piece of BS and really got to be quite snotty & insulting... I hung up… & I will NEVER order through his site again.

I ended up getting it from WoodCraft & paying a much more FAIR price for shipping! (if any at all!)

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#4 posted 11-19-2015 02:42 AM

I’ve been thinking of trying RIT fabric dye as it’s quite a bit cheaper than the typical options. I’m not sure if it would do much in the way of grain popping, but I plan on trying it with scraps first.

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 12:23 PM

Well, so far I have ordered two 1oz packets of aniline dye from Lee Valley, since I was getting a couple of other things/goodies. Have also looked at WC dyes as well. The LV dye went for $10/pop:

Natural Antique Cherry Aniline
Light Yellow Maple Aniline

FWIW, I am seeing when wet, Granadillo as very reddish(heart) and yellowish(sap), so I hoping to play off of that aspect with the curly maple.

As far as my WW hangouts and actually hanging out… haven’t done much over past year, but starting to get back into it. I as quite a few of LJs have followed Martin & MsDebbie over to his “new” site, WoodworkingWeb. AKA “NO” politics site, just WW.

RE—RIT dye, I will try that at some point, on some scrap just to see what it does and how it works. Thanks for the tip.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 11-23-2015 08:58 PM

Still working on this Granadillo Box. It will have three mini 1” hinges and the 1/4” thick sides and top will need some extra support laminated right where the hinge screws go, so… I thought and thunk an’ thinked a bunch about it and then had a brain fart. This box originally was intended to be a gun cleaning equipment box, so I jumped on the lathe and tried something new. Once my LV order of dyes and brass comes in, I’ll have to figure out how to color each of the cartridges for effect… ;-)

From left to right while looking at the box:
• 8mm German Mauser – Rifle
• .38 Special – Handgun
• .222 Remington – Rifle

Still playing with the front latch idea of using magnets for the catch…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 11-23-2015 11:49 PM

That is a nice-looking piece of granadillo with the sapwood in there. Never dyed curly maple myself but I hope to try it someday.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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