Construction Lumber Platter

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Project by TheDane posted 05-29-2014 05:11 PM 2225 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 8” platter was turned from a scrap of SPF 2×10 I had laying around the shop. I am just starting to play with dyes and coloring, and didn’t want to use expensive hardwoods.

The color is KEDA alcohol-based aniline dye, mixed with a bit of clear shellac (about 1 part shellac for 15 parts dye). I applied the color, fired it with a lighter, then knocked the piece back with 320 grit. I repeated the process with a different color, using blue, red, and yellow in that order. I sanded to 800-grit, and finished with 5 coats of wipe-on poly.

The use of shellac with the dye is something I learned from Jimmy Clewes. He says the shellac binds the color to the alcohol, which aids finishing process … with each coat of color the wood becomes more progressively sealed, therefore the later colors soak in less.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 05:22 PM

Nice color again!!! Must be the fumes here at work but I think I can see a face on the inside of the platter.

What tool do you use to texture? I think I see some on the inside face.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 06:08 PM

What tool do you use to texture?

It is a Sorby-style Gladstone texturing tool from Manny’s Woodworkers Place …
I set a ‘border’ on the textured surface with the point of a skew.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 07:34 PM

Very interesting grain coloring… COOL!

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 09:21 PM

nice job Gerry

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 01:29 AM

Itius amazing how good SPF can look. I have played as well. . Good job

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 02:34 AM

Nice, I think you’re on to something there.

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 06:34 AM

Looks realy cool, nice use of the analine dye

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 09:29 AM

Very attractive, The swirling colours blend nicely.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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