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RussellAP

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323 days ago

I have some hard maple, cherry, hickory, walnut and pecan. And since no one seems to want me to make anything out of them, I decided that I may crank out some cutting boards. I’ll likely do a one inch or greater thickness, but I’m wondering something.

Can you stain the maple end grain to produce varying colors? Most of the wood I have is pretty much the same color. All I’m looking to do is some striped boards, nothing fancy.

So can you stain the individual pieces of maple? If so, has anyone whose done it tell me the finer points involved?

Thanks in advance guys and gals.

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Shawn Masterson

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#1 posted 323 days ago

I was wondering the same without sealing it would the stain end up bleeding out. is there some kind of food safe dye that will stay once it has been oiled???

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#2 posted 323 days ago

Shawn, I was thinking you could use some dye in the oils to produce some different batches of oil that could be used before the glue up. I have no idea if you can mix walnut oil and dye though. I have both so I might see what it does later today. The dye is likely waterbase though and wont work.

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 323 days ago

I cut some pecan, walnut and rosewood, glued a couple up and waiting for the heavy clamps to glue up a third.
Here they are.

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Russ I think it’s more typical to glue different colors of wood to edges rather than stain the edges. I think if you try dyeing or staining the end grain you will nee to seal it.

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#5 posted 323 days ago

Russ, alternating the wood is the best way to do it.
I had a lady that wanted pinks and reds and greens and blues and orange and a bunch of other colors in her cutting board.
I bought a couple of water color sets for school kids and using isopropyl alcohol mixed them all up in jars and cans. I dropped the sticks of maple in and let them soak overnight, took them out in the morning and let them dry in my dehydrator oven for a week.
When I cut into the sticks, the color went all the way through, but had a lot of variations.
Water colors are suppose to be non-toxic and I spent three weeks oiling them with a mineral oil-beeswax finish of my own making..
The lady has had the boards for 2 or 3 years now and is still really pleased.

(edit):
Why do you need such heavy clamps for your glue ups?
Are your joints not that tight and you have to draw them in?
I use a bunch of Harbor Freight F clamps and I doubt I have as much as 100 pounds of pressure on them.
My boards cannot be pulled apart at the glue ups, because the wood breaks first.
I also use Gorilla Wood Glue if that helps, which I doubt. Most wood glues are strong enough to do the same thing.

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 323 days ago

Dallas, I wonder if there is any way to get a quantity of that paint. It might be the same as a watercolor they sell for painters. I’ll try that with some maple and see if there is anyway to control the color, maybe a longer soak.

I too have some bees wax and was going to mix up some with mineral oil to use as a finish on these.

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Dallas

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#7 posted 323 days ago

I’m not sure if you can buy it in bulk or not, You might contact Binney-Smith or whoever is the prime supplier these days.
I did learn that one of those little paint boxes with multiple colors will make about 2 cups per color. Heat the water to nearly boiling, mash up the color you want and mix it in.
Two cups of color is a LOT.

Good Luck!

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Shawn Masterson

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#8 posted 323 days ago

Dallas you had no problems with the color coming off?? I would hate to make a CB and have the color come out later. I have looked at paduk and the color is great, but the price is wow. If I could make maple red that would be great.

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Dallas

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#9 posted 323 days ago

I don’t know if the color came out or not…. I don’t have the boards anymore and the lady lives several hundred miles away. I host her website, so we are in contact pretty often, but when she mentions it she is still very pleased after a couple of years.

Then again, even with Aniline dyes, they will fade in the sunlight over time.

I did these boards before I knew anything about dye and stain, I was lucky I didn’t use an oil stain which is toxic.

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Just remember that the bright color in padauk will change to a deep maroon/burgundy in time.
Bill

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 323 days ago

I wonder if you put them in hot water with food coloring what would happen.

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