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09-03-2014 12:14 PM


I’m asking the masses as I’m grappling with this myself. I can’t find a winner and don’t have a lot of experience at this league of material.

I’ve got a project I’m working up – a small display case. It’s an incredibly personal gig. I’m looking for material that is going to be cream/pink/red/contrasted – think little girl stuff – and I need it to hold its coloration for a very long time. Money is not an object, but I’m not looking for something in the endangered species list.

I’ve been looking down roads from Ambrosia Maple to Rose Myrtle. Any recommendations, I’m all ears.

Thanks for your time and help.

Regards, – Abe Lister

-- - Abe

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 12:20 PM


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#2 posted 09-03-2014 12:24 PM

^paint is a solid idea, but not an option. Thanks though.

-- - Abe

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 12:29 PM

I think the problem you’ll have is finding something pink/cream that will maintain it’s color in the long run.

I would opt for a red/pink aniline dye with a water-based topcoat. You can make it is lightly colored or as bold as you want. Then, choose any lighter-colored wood that you like the look of, ambrosia maple could look pretty slick. I’ve used dye on 3 projects and I’ve found it pretty easy to work with, I applied it with a foam brush and then wiped off the excess. The water-based topcoat won’t add any yellowing to it.

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 01:22 PM

I agree with Bingham. A Hard Maple or Ambrosia will take a light colored stain nicely.

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 04:12 PM

Dye stain.

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 05:20 PM

I have loved working with quaking aspen. It can be very light and will be a good cream color. Holly is purported to be the lightest color wood available if you want as white as you can get.

aromatic cedar can be very pink and will stay that way as long as anything else will.

bloodwood is a nice red. Paduak is more of an orange.

You can see some of the woods I mentioned in this Settlers of Catan board below (see my projects for details):

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 06:01 PM

Look at some Beech wood. Might be a little light for you though.

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 06:47 PM

Most woods will change color over time. If you want bright, contrasting colors, then looking at dyed veneers is probably the way to go. They tend to be more colorfast than natural wood.

You can dye your own woods but many dyes aren’t colorfast and will fade. Transtints have a good reputation as being more colorfast than most but I can’t say how long they will retain color when subjected to sunlight.

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#9 posted 09-03-2014 06:51 PM

Have you thought about pink ivory?

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#10 posted 09-03-2014 07:05 PM

Pink ivory meets the color criteria, but no way you can get enough for a display case both from a size and from a money perspective. Boards, if you can find them, are usually $50+/bd ft. If you don’t need really pink, you can go bloodwood, which will hold color very nicely. Dyed veneer is another great choice. Redheart might work. Then again, I’m colorblind!

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#11 posted 09-03-2014 07:37 PM


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#12 posted 09-04-2014 02:16 AM

I would say eastern red cedar.

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#13 posted 09-04-2014 12:02 PM

Solid advice from the LJ’s. Thanks folks. This case isn’t going to be large, so I’m really not sweating cost. I have no experience with dyes and will probably end up changing the color of my dog somehow so I’ll have to do some homework there. Think what I’m really going to do is get a wad of cash and my phone with some google on it, and then take both out to the hardwood shop and paw through their stuff. When I find what I like I’ll look it up.

This forum has given me some ideas of what to look for and I appreciate all your time. Thank you. – Abe

-- - Abe

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#14 posted 09-04-2014 04:36 PM

Well, whatEVER it is you’re building,,, make sure to post pictures when you finish!

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