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Forum topic by grizzly1975 posted 08-11-2011 08:56 PM 976 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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grizzly1975

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08-11-2011 08:56 PM

I HAVE A 5FT BY 1FT BY 4INCHES THICK PIECE OF CHERRY THAT IS PRETTY MUCH ALL HEART.THE TOP OF IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD OTHER THAN THE MULTI COLORS.MY PLAN IS TO BLEACH IT AND WAS LOOKING FOR ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO DO SO.I THINK THIS PIECE WILL LOOK BETTER BLEACHED THAN STAINED,LIKE I SAID ITS ALL HEART WOOD.


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terrilynne

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 02:54 PM

Being an intarsia person I prefer to stay with the natural color of the woods. Just use a clear poly on it and watch it come to life.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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zindel

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 03:06 PM

I agree with terrilynne, why would you want to take the color out? If your looking for a lighter color i would suggest using a different wood and save the cherry for something that fits the look of the wood.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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sarahss

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 03:07 PM

If you want to bleach it, there is a bleaching product that is 2 components that you mix up—most folks just call it a/b bleach—rockler, etc likely sells it. There’s also a second product called oxalic acid (sp?) which is a crystalline substance that you mix with hot water and brush on—be careful—pretty toxic stuff. Once it dries, rinse well with water—but specific directions should be on the package. I’ve seen both used, but not quite in the application you’re suggesting. Maybe test a sample piece with one or both to see if they give the results you want. Good luck.

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fussy

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 07:42 PM

Grizz,

I don’t understand. If it’s all heartwood, why do anything at all except love it and look at it? If it’s SAPWOOD, you may do better dyeing it. I have heard of people bleaching walnut to even it out and staining to get it back to walnut, but it seems so unnecessary. I don’t understand. More details/pics, please.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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