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Forum topic by TJ65 posted 06-26-2010 01:00 PM 1455 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2010 01:00 PM

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I recently bought this lovely piece of maple that had a great example of fiddleback in it.
Now I have seen somewhere on the net how to make the most out of the great pattern that nature has provided for us but do you think I kept it or know where to find the page :-z !!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone know what you have to do to bring the wood to life with a fiddleback before you coat it.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 04:22 PM

Theresa, most of the opinions I’ve read (and I concur) is that an application of boiled linseed oil as a first step really “pops” the grain better than anything else.

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

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 05:20 PM

Here’s something that will help Theresa

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 05:47 PM

Hey Jim, that was a good one. Interesting…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 06:09 PM

I would personally add an amber waterdye.That will really bring out the figure because the figure(think endgrain)will absorb more dye than the rest of the wood.After the dye is dry flood some BLO on it.Then your normal topcoat

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 08:19 PM

You can also use a dye much darker than the final finish, and than sand off. The dye will have soaked into the figure much deeper, and greatly enhance it.

-- Gerry,

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 09:46 PM

If a stained look is what you want starting with the dye stain is a great way to go.

Since I do mostly commercial work, I pretty much always spray conversion varnish. I think for a clear finish, conversion varnish makes the curl pop nicely.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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