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2 tone wood dye

by Daren Nelson
posted 04-03-2008 02:05 PM

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#1 posted 04-03-2008 02:12 PM

Wow. What a great idea. Striking results. That’s one I’ll have to try.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-03-2008 02:17 PM

Thanks for the step by step demonstration. I used purple and yellow on my catalpa bowl. I had read about it from you, but did not quite know how to do it. So I just winged it.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-03-2008 02:21 PM

I saw and commented on that bowl, that was the motivation for this tutorial really. I have had the pictures on my camera for weeks, planning to some day post this. I saw your bowl and decided to stop being lazy. I think guys/gals can have alot of fun with dying and it can really spice up a project.

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#4 posted 04-03-2008 04:29 PM

That is cool I have to try this myself. Thanks for the tutorial.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 04-03-2008 04:54 PM

Daren, thanks for posting this! You’ve given me some ideas (a dangerous thing to do)!

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#6 posted 04-03-2008 05:01 PM

COOL! I’ve wondered if that stuff would work on wood. Thanks for the demo.

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#7 posted 04-03-2008 05:18 PM

Another trick to file away.
Can’t ever have enough tricks up your sleeve!!


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#8 posted 04-03-2008 05:35 PM

Coming soon to a piece of bigleaf maple in my shop. Thanks, Daren this ought to be fun (potentially messy fun, right up my alley).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 04-03-2008 05:55 PM

Thank you so much for posting this information.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 04-03-2008 10:21 PM

How does it penetrate? If you turned a blank into a pen for instance, would you dye it after turning.

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#11 posted 04-03-2008 10:21 PM

By the way, thanks for the posting.

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#12 posted 04-03-2008 10:34 PM

rickkor, yea the dye is applied after it is made/done (whatever it is), just like you were using stain on a piece of furniture. Then topcoat with your finish.

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#13 posted 04-03-2008 11:08 PM

Thanks Daren. I am always looking for novel ways to stain wood. These appear to be very similar to trans tint dyes but without a doubt are a lot cheaper. I checked the web site and it appears as if they are available in 16 different colors either in powder or liquid form.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 04-04-2008 01:16 AM

Thanks for the tutorial. I love these how-to’s so I don’t try to re-invent the wheel!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 04-04-2008 07:44 AM

Dyes work great. That’s all I use for coloring. I like sanding the “high” spots off after the first coat though.
It creates more of a contrast.

Great post.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#16 posted 04-04-2008 09:56 AM

Thanks Darrin.

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Daren Nelson

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#17 posted 04-04-2008 12:14 PM

Gary, I have tried sanding like you said also. Charles Neil has a great little video showing how to make the grain pop in tiger maple where he sands too. It is a personal preference thing, I prefer the look of the way I showed to do it here.

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#18 posted 04-04-2008 01:55 PM

That is a great idea, will have to give this a shot. You don’t mention gloves here…does the dye stain your hands as well? If so I will need a green for my thumb to show my wife I can actualy grow plants too!! : )

-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#19 posted 04-05-2008 09:14 AM

COOL… I’m always up for something different.. this is a GREAT idea!!... Thanks!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#20 posted 04-15-2008 04:20 AM

thanks for this post and heres a link to make your own colors also .

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#21 posted 05-01-2008 05:30 AM

i must try this soon on a clock i am making for a customer that has to have “something unique” to show their friends…thanks for the schooling ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#22 posted 07-18-2008 05:43 AM

I’ve been thinking about trying to do something like this to birdseye maple. One thing I noticed is that after applying the black, the wood looks green. Is this a camera issue, or was the black dye based on a VERY dark green. The reason I’m curious is I’m wondering if I should expect my material to be much lighter than the color I try to apply. I’m sure this will take a little experimenting, but I thought I’d check to see if you have any advice. Thanks and I really appreciate this post. It has inspired me to try something that I’m very excited about. Executing it will be another story! lol.

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#23 posted 07-18-2008 12:06 PM

It did turn green. I don’t know why. With the 2 tone using the yellow also it turned out attractive, but not what I was expecting really. I would for sure experiment on a scrap piece to see if you like the end result and go from there.

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#24 posted 03-07-2012 02:15 AM

VERY very cool. I just tried this using my kid’s water color paint sent. I’m happy with the results.

Great post!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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