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Forum topic by Julian posted 08-22-2012 06:39 PM 1285 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2012 06:39 PM

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I want to try a intricate marquetry design after seeing ShipWright’s amazing table. I don’t want to use commercial veneer because it is so thin and too easy to sand through. I plan on cutting my own veneer (1/16”) but will need to dye several pieces various colors. My question: If I use dye (purchased at Woodcraft or Rockler) and let the veneer soak in a tub will the color penetrate deep enough so that light sanding would not remove the color?

-- Julian

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 10:42 AM

Julian, you might want to pre-sand your veneer to within a few thousands of an inch of the final thickness before using the dye. I’m thinking that an alcohol based dye may penetrate more than a water based one, plus you won’t have as many problems with raised grain.

The dye does not penetrate all of the wood cells in the same manner, so even if you soak it you may find that certain cells (such as medullary ray cells) will not have as much penetration.

-- Scott, North Carolina,

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