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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 05-22-2019 01:07 AM

I used Charles Neil’s blotch controller on a large maple blanket chest that I had no idea would be so hard to dye brown without blotching. It took maybe 2 weeks to finally figure out how to do it. I wanted a dark brown with a touch of red. I went through many test boards before I got it right. I suggest using that blotch control, and it will take some practice. It will work.

That’s the last thing I’m making from Maple….probably. I should have made that dovetailed chest from Cherry.

As I’ve mentioned before, I put many coats of Waterlox on that lovely chest and drove 800 miles to deliver it to a cute little grandniece, who then climbed up on it and tap danced in hard soled shoes. I wobbled, but didn’t faint.

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