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#1 posted 07-14-2017 03:10 AM

I used burn-in sticks and actually bought almost all the colors, over 60 different colors and have used them a lot in the past.
Every day after work I go by the Woodcraft store or Rockler and buy more dyes, stains, varnishes, and so on… it is a never ending expense, but a wonderful hobby.

I also bought graining markers and graining pigments from Mohawk Co. and used a lot of it on furniture, especially recently after the kids grew up enough to be more aware of the furniture.
Now I can do a lot more.

- Fax

Wow Julian, you re well equipped. Since you have all the burn-in tools, one of the easiest ways to tackle your tabletop is to leave the gouges alone, dye it, put on your first coat of Arm-R-Seal and when that s cured, use a Mohawk clear E-Z Flow stick (M315-0001) to fill the gouges, and use the burn-in knife to level it as usual. Then you can add your final coats of Arm-R-Seal and it ll be undetectable where you did the fill. Anytime I have color left in the damaged area I try to go with the clear stick. E-Z Flow and Planestick are my two favorites of theirs, and they re very durable too.

I like to experiment with different finishing products and techniques as well so I don t have a lot of doubts when it s time to finish a project.

- RichTaylor

AMAZING IDEA !!! So glad I didn’t do anything yet. It makes sense, since the gouges are not that deep. I just bought three bottles of SOLAR-LUX NGR DYE STAIN by Behlen, from Woodcraft this evening on my way home. I got Medium Red Mahogany, American Walnut, and Nutmeg Brown. I will dilute the dye maybe 50/50 with denatured alcohol and try it on a separate piece of wood first.
I will follow exactly the steps you say. Wonderful idea. Thank you so much for letting me know !
In the beginning my wife was getting very upset about my new hobby but now after doing many things, I am getting much better at it and recently I did one chair which she loves it and wants the rest of them done.
Whenever my son damages some furniture I actually use it to my advantage and smile…don’t tell her that.

-- Julian Paul Jones

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