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#1 posted 01-02-2017 04:05 AM

Whether to color wood or not varies by the person. I never build any fine furniture without some color. To my eye, light woods, especially maple, look lifeless without a bit of color, and curly maple can really take off with various color treatments. All of the exotic woods eventually end up some shade of brown, so I don’t use them much. Cherry is gorgeous after a few years of aging, but I have a recipe to make it look aged from the beginning. Not quite as good as the real thing, but it blends right in as the wood ages. Walnut can take on a grayish hue which washes out the deep rich tones of the wood, and a little of the right color brings out the purple, red, brown and yellow tones in the wood. I love oak with darker negative grain. I use dyes, not pigment stains – there is a huge difference. The right coloring techniques really enhances the beauty of the wood.

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