finishing ash table with marquetry motif

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Forum topic by jmp posted 06-29-2011 07:16 PM 1300 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2011 07:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood finishing veneers

i have just completed a demi lune table in ash. I have added a small floral marquetry motif made from sycamore and walnut veneers.
I have decided on a combination of light oak dye followed by a mahogany gel pigment stain and clear urethane varnish top coat. i have tried this on scrap ash and really like the contrast. I want to leave the motif as it is though. What is the best way to prevent dye and stain getting on the veneers. It is a simple oval shape and it wouldn’t be too difficult to cover up with masking tape. I wondered about other methods that might be recommended, particularly if the motif was a more complex shape?. Will post when completed.



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#1 posted 06-29-2011 07:24 PM

I would be worried about the stain seeping under tape. Maybe a seal coat of shellac first, then stain. You can remove the shellac if you want before applying varnish. I’ve never done this, so can;t be sure. But test it out first. It’ll be interesting to see what some of the LJ finishing gurus come up with.

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 06:41 AM

I’m not really sure what you’re asking but there might be some help in my blog about “watercolor dye technique” here:

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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