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Forum topic by kocgolf posted 07-25-2013 06:43 PM 583 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2013 06:43 PM

After researching some artwork framing at a local frame shop, the sticker shock has made me consider trying this myself. Not something I have done, but I certainly have all the tools to accomplish it. What I am wondering is what wood to choose. I am not currently doing any black painted frames, as I would just use pine if I do some of those, but I am going to be staining a deep red, nearly exspresso color. I don’t know a lot on wood varieties as in their workability. I want something fairly straight and closed grained (although I could fill pores) as I don’t want to have grain patterns front and center in the piece. Is there something that takes simple router profiling well, and would stain easily?

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#1 posted 07-25-2013 10:26 PM

Cherry sounds like a good candidate for your project, but its prone to blotch. Poplar is good, much cheaper, easy to find, but it is also prone to blotch. My favorite for these kinds of projects is maple- closed pore, hard, easy to machine, but also prone to blotch. I know its easy to find here in MN.

If it was me I would use maple – Use Charles Neil blotch control, and dye to your choice in color, then top coat. I used this for several projects and the results are excellent – very even color and using a dye allows you to go as dark or light as you want.

Depending on what you mean by simple profile – as long as you have a steady even feed rate, and good sharp bits, and don’t too much off in a pass, you should be able to profile most woods without too many issues. Figured woods, knotty, barnwood, and anything that starts with “hick” and ends with “ory” are generally what causes the most problems.

Good Luck with your project!

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 11:45 PM

I had considered Cherry, but I thought it might be waste to dark stain beautiful, natural cherry. I have a feeling I will be using poplar or maple, which I have enough of on hand, but I had also considered Mahogany, which I can get, because I like the grain direction and have done a dark stained project with before. Thanks for the insight. I will definitely avoid hickory, although I do love that species in floors:) I am in love with Gel stains lately, so I won’t be fearing blotch too much, and I can get a nice custom color with what I have on hand.

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#3 posted 07-26-2013 01:48 AM

Jatoba is already the color you are after with no stain required. It is fairly hard and heavy but I have had no problems milling, routing, etc. And it finishes beautifully.

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