Dyed hollow form

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Project by Mark posted 07-15-2016 06:05 PM 841 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 1st crack at dying a turning. I received about a dozen pcs of Cherry in the fall. Under a tarp out side till now. While turning I recognized the fact the wood was still green, but like a complete dumda$$ I turned the piece over 3 days. Each day the wood had move (of coarse), I re turned it each day and still the damned light never came on. After the final turn and sanding on day 3, I let it sit for a day or 2. then applied the dye in several stages. About this time (I guess from the wet dye) the wood shrank and I couldn’t mount it in the chuck as I had cut the mortice in the bottom a bit to tight to the chuck jaws. That made applying the 10 coats of cut down WOP and sanding to 1000 grit a bit of a pain. You can see a bit how much it warped but the pics tell the tail. I did try a jam chuck but it had warped so much by this time and was so off centre I thought it was going to launch itself across the room. How ever…I like the effect of dying the wood. Not saying I’ll do that to all my project , but It’s kinda cool. The grossly warped piece is ok ‘cause I kinda like that. But the finish blows. All in all and good experiment and learning experience. Sorry about the long post.
Thanks fer lookin’.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 08:25 PM

I like your hollow form flaws & all!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 10:48 PM

Great result Mark, the warp and flaws make a feature. First attempt at dying your wood went well, should contact other LJ’s that use different types of dye.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 04:11 AM

Interesting story, read it first without the picture, I was very interested to see the piece of wood. Difficult piece of wood looking at the center of the tree, may have had a branch in another direction. My last post was from a green block but the center ran top to bottom so the shrinkage was even. I had let it sit in the house over the weekend and then 4 hours in microwave on low. Dried up nicely. It was my first experience using the dye. Your form is nifty too. next time I will try a fully colored one too,

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 07-17-2016 01:58 AM

Love the shape, I think the flaws and shrinkage really make the piece.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 07-22-2016 10:43 PM

Incredible Mark! Wow! So beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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