Roll Around Tool Cabinet #21: More Fixing Details and Thinning my Dye Mix

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 03-03-2017 04:57 AM 1765 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: Detail Work: Drawer Fronts and Breadboard End Top Layout Part 21 of Roll Around Tool Cabinet series Part 22: Glued and Screwed Caster Base and Breadboard End Top »

I spent more time inspecting my cabinet and its joinery. I used more putty to fill some of the gaps I found on the doors, etc. After the putty was dry I sanded those spots with my hand sanding blocks. The image below shows the inside surface of my drawer front. This is the original mix of TransTint dyes to make Charles Neil’s red cherry mahogany recipe. It goes on very thick so it nearly makes the wood grain disappear. That worried me some so I began thinking of thinning the recipe.

After wiping on my dye mix made to Charles Neil’s recipe for red cherry mahogany, I became worried about its deep color masking the wood’s grain and the hue of it being too red or even purple. I decided with help from family members to thin the dye. I decided to take 3 parts RCM and one part distilled water and wipe that on the cabinet caster’s base panel. That part is mostly covered by the cabinet that it is fastened to as well as the bottom would never be seen unless the cabinet stood on its head.

Thinning the dye did help show the grain more that was on the plywood panel.

I know I could add more brown dye to this mix in order to rid the dye from its redness or purple hue, but that would be just trial and error. The test would not be guaranteed to be better than what I have. Again, I will sleep on this issue.

In addition to this work I also noticed some gap in the face frame to the case. I slipped in more Titebond I glue into those gaps and then clamped the area with four parallel clamps. I am leaving the clamps on over night. I will check how well the glue and held tomorrow.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 07:20 AM

Instead of adding brown dye to make this mix more brown I got a suggestion to add green to make it more brown; I guess red and green makes brown. I need a lesson in color wheels and mixing colors. So I made a trip to Woodcraft where I bought green TransTint. I diluted that 1:1 with distilled water cause that is how Charles Neil does for his TransTint dye recipes. I guessed at 1/2 part green relative to the water and dye colors that i mixed for the Red Cherry Mahogany plus I added an additional part of water to thin this mix down some. What i got was a browner hue. I liked it after testing it on a spare plywood piece.

This image is of the base panel with the sample dye changes I made on Saturday. It was a bit too dark for my liking.

I went back to my original formula and came up with a new recipe by adding 1 more part of water and 1/2 part of TransTint green. The sample from mixing the water and green in the red cherry mahogany is now what I am calling brown cherry mahogany mix. A sample of this mixture I wiped on this scarp piece of baltic birch plywood. I did not get the mixture even, but I did like the upper right hand corner of this block.

I also applied this hue to the bottom of the case. This surface will never be seen so I figured I would test wiping it on and see again how it looks in the morning. If everything is okay in the morning then I will glue, clamp and screw the bottom caster panel to the case.

I also will pre drill through the top of the case so tomorow I can also glue, clamp and screw on the breadboard end top panel to the case.

Thus, after inspecting the surfaces to see if they are ready for finishing I will wipe on the “brown cherry mahogany” dye mix on all surfaces.

-- --- Happy Howie

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