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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 03:53 PM

Charles Neil has some videos on youtube showing how to use dyes on curly maple. It basically involves repeatedly applying the dye, sanding it off which leaves the curls enhanced.

I’ve also used a method from The Art of Coloring Wood involving sodium carbonate (a laundry soap enhancer) which has the effect of deepening the appearance of the curls.

Start with Charles’ videos though. They are pretty thorough.

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