advice please on end grain walnut.. using dye over tung oil

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Forum topic by JoelLivin posted 01-15-2015 04:21 PM 727 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2015 04:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tung oil analin dye figured walnut walnut dye clock

Ok… so I’m building a wall clock out of a slice of highly figured walnut, so it’s end grain.
The grain pattern was absolutely gorgeous swirling and amazing. The issue is that I sliced it a bit thin, maybe 5/8ths, and I was worried about stability. So I dumped alot of very thinned epoxy onto it for stability (used Devcon 5 minute epoxy from lowes).
The epoxy darkened the wood so much that it almost hid the nice grain patterns.
I then sanded the crap out of it and it returned some of the color, so I was ok with it.
Then one coat of thinned 100% tung oil (about 50/50 mineral spirits). This in turned darkened the wood again….
It’s so dark that the grain is lost.
I inlaid some crushed blue stones into thicker epoxy for the cracks as well as the numbers for the clock.
My question:
With the second coat of epoxy I had thought about adding some orange analin dye to it. Then wet sanding it in… will this work? Any other options now that I already have one coat of tung oil dry onto the piece to really make the wood grain pop?
The swirling wood grain was to be the real focal point of this clock.
I have a Asian inspired frame of lighter wood that the clock will mount to. Any help would be appreciated

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#1 posted 01-15-2015 04:22 PM

Oh. And how would the dye affect the epoxy I have for the clock numbers?

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#2 posted 01-16-2015 02:11 AM

Any finish on end grain tends to darken it. Being that walnut is dark already, you need to go for as light and thin a finish as possible. Avoid oils.

Your best bet would be to test a clear water-based finish – avoid any that deliberately add color.

I’ve never tried wet sanding epoxy. Given how epoxy works, I really doubt that’ll work.

Adding dye to epoxy simply changes the color of the epoxy. It doesn’t lighten the wood. You’d end up with a orange-colored film on top of the wood, pretty sure that’s not what you are looking for.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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