Staining birch to resemble mohogany

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Forum topic by jamesbhynes posted 02-06-2018 04:00 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2018 04:00 PM

Like the title says, anyone have a process in which I can stain birch to somewhat resemble mohogany…. I know I know, why not just build from mohogony. Here’s the thing, I live on a island and my wood choices are limited and customer wants mohogany color on a birch budget, haha. Any suggestions? I was thinking a dye for a base colour and then a gel stain to add depth. Of course I’ll do some test pieces but was hoping someone could probably give me a jump start!

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:13 PM

Ive colored a lot of different woods to various colors. I use dyes, and they are various methods, just dpends on the wood and desired ends. Depends on what you have available on your island. I think birch likes to blotch, so this may help..

Yes you can color birch to a mahogany color – whatever that is, meaning a mahogany stain or the actual wood? The grain wont look like it but the color will. I typically use a dye in a stain base with solids, then mix dye in shellac for a toner and spray to even out the color and add intensity. “Depth” is more a function of finish gloss and clarity.

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 10:15 PM

You could try a washout of dilute dewaxed shellac (1 lb). Bulls Eye Seal Coat is a commercial version. Put on a single coat, let it dry, and sand very lightly with 320 or so. This will limit the penetration of the dye. I would probably use a water base dye. Rub it on wipe it off, and see if you like the colour. Remember that it will likely look more like the wet version than the dried result when finished. You can repeat the dye coating until you are happy.

I agree with OSU55 that this might give you the colour but will never make the birch look like the grain of mahogany.

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 10:24 PM

What ever you do, do it first to scrap wood.

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