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Forum topic by Holzarbeiterin posted 02-03-2016 12:35 PM 596 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2016 12:35 PM

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I am making a shop stool for my wife using the piano stool hardward and instructions from Lee Valley. I#m building it out of 25mm (1”) Baltic birch plywood I have on hand. My wife wants each part of the stool to be dyed a different color. I intend to use waterbased Lockwood dyes. My question is: Does the dye affect the adhesion of the glue to the wood? I will of course wait for the dyed parts to fully dry before final assembly. My hunch is that it wouldn’t be a problem. But that said, I would hate to build the stool and find out too late (when my wife is on the floor). that I should have masked the glue joint areas. I’ve used dyes before but normally work with them after everything is assembled and sanded. Has anyone out there had any exterience with dying structural parts in advance? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 12:49 PM

Dyes do not present a problem for adhesion. There are no binders (like thinned varnish or whatever) to seal the wood from the glue. Dying before assembly is fine, and you don’t have to do anything special.

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