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Box Elder transformation

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 11-10-2009 01:19 AM 1860 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box elder hollow form that didn’t have much character to it and I decided to transform it with some dye.
I sanded the piece up to 400 grit and then misted it with denatured alcohol to raise the grain. Lightly sanded again with 0000 steel wool and then applied a coat of blue aniline alcohol based dye. I flashed this off with a lighter and lightly sanded with steel wool. A coat of red aniline alcohol based dye was then applied. When the dye was completely dry I applied four coats of minwax clear gloss poly, sanding with 600 grit wet/dry paper between coats. The piece is 7 inches tall, 7 inches across at it’s widest point and was hollowed through a 1 inch hole. Wall thickness is just over 1/8”. Best thing about the piece – it is sold!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.





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sedcokid

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#1 posted 11-10-2009 01:31 AM

Beautiful! Simply Beautiful!!!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 11-10-2009 01:45 AM

Jeff That is a beautiful piece. Great job on a ratty old piece of Box Elder, with no character.;

-- 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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#3 posted 11-10-2009 01:49 AM

wow jeff that is an amazing piece, the sale of it must have made you fell great. keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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#4 posted 11-10-2009 02:45 AM

Very nice Jeff very beautiful

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#5 posted 11-10-2009 03:03 AM

great turning and absolutely outstanding use of the dyes. Well done.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 11-10-2009 03:04 AM

Wow…....this is cool. Beautiful work!

Robin Renee’

AKA…..........Woodchic

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#7 posted 11-10-2009 03:06 AM

heard a couple people talk about flashing the dyes on (or off?) a little, would Love to hear more on the process though! a Video would be the greatest =] lol beautiful work! keep it up jeff

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#8 posted 11-10-2009 04:22 AM

Very impressive. I love the vase and the color

Thanks

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#9 posted 11-10-2009 04:27 AM

Fantastic design and turning. The use of dyes to bring out the grain and charector is just stunning.

Congrats on the sale. Keep it up

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 04:56 AM

Gorgeous.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 06:22 AM

It’s got character now!

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 07:44 AM

Great piece well done

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#13 posted 11-10-2009 08:19 AM

Excellent piece, absolutely beautiful.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 11-10-2009 02:57 PM

Very well done Jefff…... looks great

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 11-10-2009 04:29 PM

Very nice. I wouldn’t think that blue, red and natural wood would be a great match….. That’s why I try not to think too often. Looks great!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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