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Posted on Need tips on finishing curly maple to a nice brown for flag display case

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#1 posted 05-21-2019 03:40 PM

I was real excited to find this article and I tried on a jewelry box I made for my mom.

Except it was a disaster. I had to re-sand the whole thing out after using the dye. It was a nightmare. When i sanded it back out over the next 6 work hours and finished it the second time I skipped the dye. Unless the whole thing is uniformly sanded edge to edge (and I’m talking about using a magnifying glass here) The dye will sit in the low areas (scratches from the sandpaper that are perfectly acceptable when finishing with lacquer or shellac) and they will show up big time and make the wood look dirty. I couldn’t sand out the inside of the box because the corners were the problem area and it’s maple so it’s hard to sand anyway! I ended up felting the whole inside of the box to cover it up. Never again. You’ve been warned lol. I guess maybe you could put a couple coats on before the dye coat to keep it uniform but I’ll let you do it and tell me how it goes. :) Also don’t get excited the top of mine is walnut, not darkened curly maple. haha

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