LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.
1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Ok… so I'm building a wall clock out of a slice of highly figured walnut, so it's end grain.
The grain pattern was absolutely gorgeous swirling and amazing. The issue is that I sliced it a bit thin, maybe 5/8ths, and I was worried about stability. So I dumped alot of very thinned epoxy onto it for stability (used Devcon 5 minute epoxy from lowes).
The epoxy darkened the wood so much that it almost hid the nice grain patterns.
I then sanded the crap out of it and it returned some of the color, so I was ok with it.
Then one coat of thinned 100% tung oil (about 50/50 mineral spirits). This in turned darkened the wood again….
It's so dark that the grain is lost.
I inlaid some crushed blue stones into thicker epoxy for the cracks as well as the numbers for the clock.
My question:
With the second coat of epoxy I had thought about adding some orange analin dye to it. Then wet sanding it in… will this work? Any other options now that I already have one coat of tung oil dry onto the piece to really make the wood grain pop?
The swirling wood grain was to be the real focal point of this clock.
I have a Asian inspired frame of lighter wood that the clock will mount to. Any help would be appreciated



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,176 Posts
Any finish on end grain tends to darken it. Being that walnut is dark already, you need to go for as light and thin a finish as possible. Avoid oils.

Your best bet would be to test a clear water-based finish - avoid any that deliberately add color.

I've never tried wet sanding epoxy. Given how epoxy works, I really doubt that'll work.

Adding dye to epoxy simply changes the color of the epoxy. It doesn't lighten the wood. You'd end up with a orange-colored film on top of the wood, pretty sure that's not what you are looking for.
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top