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03-07-2011 02:07 AM

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I’ve been doing some research into impregnating wood with some kind of resin and dye. What I want to do is thoroughly saturate a piece of wood with dye, the stabilising part of it is just a by-product. (Although a very welcome one!)

If you’ve seen my blog you know I’ve got a lot of maple… I want to turn a bunch of it into pen blanks. And as a lot of it has just amazing grain and figure… would make for some kickin’ interior colouring.

I’m getting a lot of varied information on the internet.. would love to hear directly from anybody who has done it.

I have a few vac pumps and can get another easily if necessary.. not sure what I need. Would ideally like to do more than one piece of wood at a time.

What dyes work best for this? Does it matter?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 02:16 AM

I’m not sure if this site will help, but I think you’re looking for something like this …

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 02:34 AM

Not sure if this is relevant but from my days in chemical pulping if you heat up the wood with steam (it has to be hotter than boiling water so a pressurized vessel) then add a cold solution of what you want to impregnate with, it’ll be pulled into the wood between the fibers. I can envision heating with a pressure cooker then, once it’s cooled down enough to open the cooker safely, pour a cold solution over the wood. A pressure cooker is an ideal size for pen blanks.

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 02:48 AM

Jeff, Would you throw a vacuum on it too?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 02:56 AM

What a red latter day on Lumberjocks! First Spoontenaous posts a finely carved collection of sperm (below) and now I’m learning about impregnating wood.

I feel dirty…

Fortunately, i always have my “pocket kitten” handy to clear my thoughts…

Ahhhhhhh…. That’s better! Not what were we talking about?........

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 04:01 AM

I’ll be curious to find out what solution works for you Lis.
I tried playing around some with food coloring and denatured alcohol, but it did not provide a consistant stain job.

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 02:29 AM

Hmm.. I may try that..

I’ve been kicking around the idea of submerging the blanks into a resin bath and then turning on the vac chamber, but I’m not sure if that will work. Maybe with just a dye and not a resin?

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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