Hi everyone, thanks for reading.
I have a walnut jewelry box nearing completion. I routed out a 1/4” by 1/4’’ channel out of all edges and inlayed it with cocobolo. It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to start finishing! The problem is the walnut was steamed stock and as it is now, could use some help in the colour department. I probably should have pre-darkened the wood before doing the inlay, but you live and learn :). I don’t want to darken the cocobolo at all, and I’m wondering the best way to go about this. My main concern, if taping off the inlay, is bleed through under the tape especially if using a runny water based dye. Would I be better off using a gel type stain and carefully wipe it off away from the taped off areas? Has anyone had much success with this? After that I plan on using orange then possibly blonde shellac and wax.