Show Off Figure with Dye
Consider your dye options
Dyes are sold in liquid and powder form, and every dye is designed to dissolve in one or more types of solvent: water, denatured alcohol, or an oil such as toluol or turpentine. For your first efforts with dye, buy water-soluble powder for ease of use, reliable results, and good resistance to fading.
Dyes are available at woodworking stores, on Web sites, and from mail-order catalogs. We've had good results with powdered dye from W.D. Lockwood & Co., available in 1-ounce packets, depending on the color. Call 866/293-8913 to order, or visit wdlockwood.com.
No matter how you color the wood, the end grain of any wood species presents a uniformity problem because it soaks up more dye or pigment, resulting in a darker color compared to face- and edge-grain surfaces. To produce a more consistent appearance, try one of two methods shown right. Before staining, sand the end grain with a finer grit than used on the rest of the wood, or seal the end grain with premixed shellac thinned 50/50 with denatured alcohol and lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper after the shellac dries.
Note: All face grain sanded to 220 grit
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