Jellyfish Table #5: Dying the top BLUE and spraying the lacquer

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Blog entry by Blake posted 08-14-2009 11:19 PM 3629 reads 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend of mine has a cabinet shop with a spray booth and was nice enough to let me play in it. These photos were all taken in his shop.

Here is one of the samples we tried on a test piece. This is aniline die dissolved in alcohol.

WOW, I really like the color!

We used his Festool sander for the final sanding.

I had to stir the dye for over an hour.

On goes the die:

Sanding in between coats of sanding sealer and lacquer:

Erich sprayed the final coats of lacquer for me:

And this is the result!

This took about three hours, and I spent another four hours in my shop sanding all the components of the table to get them ready for assembly. So Total Project Time So Far: 48 Hours.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 08-14-2009 11:32 PM

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Beautiful color. I can’t wait to see it all finished. What brand lacquer are you using?

Good job.


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#2 posted 08-14-2009 11:32 PM

Looks good

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 11:38 PM

Wow! Unbelievable how much that grain is popping with the dye. Nice job (as usual!).

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 11:58 PM


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 08-14-2009 11:59 PM

Ok Blake, that’s the water, now where is the wood? !!!!!

Beautiful, just beautiful….............

Can’t wait to see the completed table.

Are you going to install a drip pan underneath to catch the water?lol

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 08-15-2009 12:02 AM

Blake: The table top looks beautiful

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-15-2009 12:07 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of wood , you did a great job of bringing out the figure in that QM . It looks like one huge PRS guitar body , really like the color you picked . Can’t wait to see the table completed .

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#8 posted 08-15-2009 12:09 AM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 08-15-2009 12:16 AM

WOW … That is way cool. I cannot wait to see the whole table assembled. Fantastic.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#10 posted 08-15-2009 12:19 AM

Blake, that is one great looking top, like the color, looking forward to the completion.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#11 posted 08-15-2009 12:33 AM

Very cool! I think I just saw a pair of dolphins swim by. They went right past the knot/crotch hole . . . I can’t wait to see the final product!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 08-15-2009 12:45 AM

Man what beauty. That’s amazing.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 08-15-2009 12:48 AM

Blake, you did it with this one. Beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Can’t express enough adjectives to describe the beauty of it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 08-15-2009 01:12 AM

beautifull !

i got to fly over the bahamas ,
in a private plane .
the sandbars looked exactly like this .
you could see every little ripple ,
from the tides in it .
and the color was identical !

great work ,
lets see the rest .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 08-15-2009 01:53 AM

Totally awesome! Love that color. Can’t wait to see the total project. Keep us posted.

-- John @

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