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holsterguy

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08-06-2018 11:03 PM

Hi guys. Question for you. I’m working on a Stickley reproduction, got antsi and decided to test my finish on some scrap. Seeing this piece has around 30 doweled joints (30 dowels), I added a couple to the scrap. Using water base dye, they came out darker than the surrounding wood. Anything I can do to get them to take the dye a little closer to the rest?


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John Smith

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 11:09 PM

the dowels are end grain and will drink up whatever you put on it.
you could experiment with different clear sealers until you find one
that matches to your liking.
personally – I like the contrasting colors in dowels and pegs.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#2 posted 08-07-2018 12:02 AM

Sanding the end grain to a minimum of 600 will help. Won’t make them invisible but will help.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#3 posted 08-07-2018 12:22 AM

You can countersink and cap them with plugs. You can leave the plugs proud, bevel the edges. Or dip the dowel ends in shellac so they absorb less stain, might take a little experimentation.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 08-07-2018 12:26 AM

Trouble is the sides are frame and panel. They have already been pegged.

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#5 posted 08-07-2018 12:27 AM

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#6 posted 08-07-2018 01:42 AM

It’s a design element now.

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#7 posted 08-07-2018 01:48 AM


It s a design element now.

- diverlloyd

+1. I think they look fine.

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#8 posted 08-07-2018 01:53 AM

If rich and I agree on something then it must be pretty good.

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 02:50 AM

I always try to make the peg, dowels, or pins stand out as part of the design. They show anyone that knows what they are looking at that you didn’t just get a pocket hole jig and slap some pieces of wood together. I’ll add another +1 to Lloyd and Rich and say they are design elements.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 08-07-2018 02:59 AM



Trouble is the sides are frame and panel. They have already been pegged.

- holsterguy


Not an impediment to my first suggestion.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 08-07-2018 03:12 AM

+1 on leaving them as-is. I think they look fine. I almost always use a plug of a contrasting wood when covering screw, etc.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#12 posted 08-07-2018 11:42 PM

I like hat they standout. To me it is very much a feature.

-- Clin

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