Shopmade dye from padauk

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Blog entry by Rick M. posted 05-25-2014 05:37 PM 1455 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Part of a current project that turned out better than expected. Months back I took some padauk scraps and soaked them in lacquer thinner to make a dye, this is the first time I’ve used it. This picture didn’t turn out well but the color is a nice reddish-orange and completely transparent.

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#1 posted 05-25-2014 06:40 PM

That is a beautiful color. Peachy.


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#2 posted 05-25-2014 07:09 PM

Nice tint. Glad you used the pieces instead of the dust. I haven’t used padauk in years. Sanded without a mask. Who knew I was one of the sensitive ones? Put me down with swollen shut eyes and a lung infection for over 3-weeks. Now, like you I use pieces to tint select pine.

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#3 posted 05-25-2014 07:17 PM

Great idea, thanks Rick.

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#4 posted 05-25-2014 08:45 PM

That is a great idea, I will have to try this, I have a lot of scraps from Osage Orange.

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 12:21 AM

This is a gr8 idea. I always liked the color Padauk produces.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 12:41 AM

As Artie Johnson would say “Very interesting”. What did the soaking do to the scraps? Is the dye in the picture dry? Thanks for sharing, Rick.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 05-26-2014 02:06 AM

The leftover padauk looked drained of color. The pieces in the picture were nearly dry, the lacquer thinner evaporates quickly.


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#8 posted 05-26-2014 10:37 AM

Great idea and a really nice result too.

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#9 posted 05-26-2014 04:35 PM

Interesting Rick. Wanting to tint and color woods, I’ve been curious as to how dyes were made and applied but I have yet to research it. I guess it’s all about the pigments and how they are acquired and what they are mixed with.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#10 posted 05-26-2014 09:39 PM

If exposed to sunlight for long periods, does this stain fade?? Thanks Bob.

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 03:14 AM

Well, my total experience with it is about 24 hours but no fading yet :) Padauk turns a darker red on exposure so I would expect this to fade or turn color. I’ll make a sample and toss it outside to see what happens.

BTW, solvent based finishes will leach the dye out of the wood just like they do with padauk (which is how I made the dye in the first place). So the first coat of finish (minimum) will need to be sprayed. Today I sprayed these with light coats of blonde shellac and they look terrific.


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#12 posted 05-27-2014 04:23 PM

That is an interesting process and novel way to make a color to “dye” for!
I like the transparency of the dye!

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#13 posted 05-28-2014 03:22 AM

Nifty idea

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#14 posted 05-28-2014 04:44 AM

I wonder if you could get similar results using saw dust or chips?

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 05-28-2014 06:01 AM

The pieces I used were basically chips. I wouldn’t use fine dust just because it would make a mess. Best way probably is hand plane off a few slices, break it up and soak.


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