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gurnie

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1471 days ago

I am working on intarsia Christmas ornaments and one of the ornaments I am making is for my father in law is a Keeshond with a Santa hat. As you can see this type fo dog has a lot of gray fur. Can someone recommend a type of wood that is grey in color. I tried looking for blue pine in my area but i didn’t see any (I am in Northern Virginia). can anyone help with location of grey wood? i really don’t want to stain wood to get a gray color but i will if i have to.

Keeshound example

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SnowyRiver

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#1 posted 1471 days ago

I am not sure about a natural gray wood that is not weathered. You could use cedar or redwood and use a bleaching oil to turn it gray.

There are also gray stains available.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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ClayandNancy

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#2 posted 1471 days ago

Don’t know of a gray wood but I did see on one of the DIY shows on how to age wood with some type of soda mixture. I’d check the DIY Network and see if you can get the formula. I believe it was “Turf Wars”.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 1470 days ago

The problem with water based dyes or “weathering” formulas is that it has to be done AFTER the intarsia piece has been cut and sanded to shape. Otherwise, you’ll sand away the color. Most formulas are water based, which will raise the grain so it needs sanding again. A conundrum, heh?
Dyes will reveal more of the grain than an oil based stain. I’d try to find an alcohol based aniline dye to use on the finished segment. Experimentation will reveal the correct dilution and application rates for each segment.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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poroskywood

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#4 posted 1470 days ago

Stained Maple. I’m talking about Natural gray stain that occurs in Maple if not initially dried properly. Soft or Red Maple will more likely have a Gray stain.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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DaddyZ

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#5 posted 1470 days ago

Try Hackberry, I hear when it dries it turns Grey.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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DanCo

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#6 posted 1470 days ago

We have some wood down here that some people call tupelo. I have used it and the stuff I used turned grey and stayed that way after tung oil. How thick and big do you need? I still have a few pieces around. They aren’t big but I will be glad to send you some. PM if interested.

-- Daniel

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richgreer

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#7 posted 1470 days ago

Hackberry is the closest thing I can think of.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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