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Project by Wingstress posted 11-01-2010 03:53 AM 1871 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had some pictures of the kids taken in our back yard, so I volunteered to make some frames that matched our dinning room table. The frames are simple, but it was the first time I used water soluble dye so I decided to post it. The outer trim is walnut with black dye and the matting is cherry. They’re finished with a coat of shellac and some wax. The dimensions are 20X16 inches

I liked using the dye, but I was a little confused because the water makes the grain stand up so my nice smooth finish was ruined. So I had to sand it down, but that took some of the dye off, so I dyed it again, and of course the water made the grain stand up. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but then when I went to wax it, some of the wax built up in the rough surfaces which I couldn’t buff out. If anyone has any suggestions how to deal with the water issue, I’d appreciate it…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 04:07 AM

VERY NICE. great project posting

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 04:22 AM

Great job, great design thanks for posting

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 04:36 AM

The trick with water based dyes is to wet your project down with a sponge then sand it after it dries before you use any color. You might need to do this a couple of times before you move on to the color. Use a very fine, 320 or better, grit to help burnish the grain closed on the final water only grain raising. Then add your color coat.
PS nice frames

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 05:11 AM

Nice job on the frames. I like the two colors. Bibb gives good advice about the raised grain.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 11-01-2010 05:14 AM

Nice looking picture frames.

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 01:54 PM


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#7 posted 11-01-2010 02:15 PM


I totally agree with Bibb’s suggestions – raise the grain and sand prior to using waterbased stains and dies….

FANTASTIC job – love the pics as well as the hanging location – very nice!


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#8 posted 11-02-2010 05:16 PM

Nice frames, nice photos, nice backyard!

And thanks for warning me to stay away from dye for the time being. I have enough issues with wood that isn’t wet.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 11-02-2010 05:18 PM

Wonderful frame very good work

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