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Forum topic by d_sinsley posted 10-17-2019 04:51 PM 217 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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d_sinsley

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10-17-2019 04:51 PM

Hey guys i need some advice. I recently bought a single bevel broad axe head. Nothing special but it fits my man cave theme.

I was going to make a very traditional hickory or ash handle for it. But then I kinda got this wild hair up my rear to do something a bit more artistic with it. Thought about carving the handle. Or wood burning it. But then I got to thinking about making a ridiculous laminated handle for it out of some fun colors of dyed wood.

First can you dye wood yourself and if so how? Or can you buy pieces of dyed wood that are big enough to make axe handles with. Long and wide enough to be glued up into a handle.

-- Devon


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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 10-17-2019 08:38 PM

There are a ton of references on this topic on WWW?

Coloring wood veneer is messy and time consuming process.
Can buy colored laminated ‘SpectraPly’ panels commercially from: https://www.cwp-usa.com/

There are several folks on WWW, selling Cousineau Wood Products materials in small quantities for turning, or rifle stocks. Woodcraft sells some turning stock from CWP too.

YMMV

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 10-17-2019 08:43 PM

Thanks that was exactly what i was looking for but somehow missed this in my googling.

-- Devon

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#3 posted 10-17-2019 08:49 PM

You can also dye your own woods Devon. If it’s a one time thing though, it’ll be cheaper to buy a blank than it will to buy the dyes and the wood.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 10-17-2019 08:51 PM

Your Search Chi must need more training? :-0)

Cousineau Wood Products has been selling the stuff for awhile, but there are others like chromaply and Frogblanks?
Can also find a couple of Chinese companies on Alibaba selling color laminated plywood too.
Bloody stuff is everywhere.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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d_sinsley

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#5 posted 10-17-2019 09:42 PM

Part of my problem is in my searches I look for the process not the product. But what I really want is just the product. CWP stuff looks great comes in a variety of sizes and color patterns. Should be a fun wall hanger.

-- Devon

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 10-18-2019 12:34 AM

You might look at skate board plywood too. Some if it is made from plies of several colors. I’ve seen several videos over the years of people retasking it for other projects, often from broken skateboards. Not sure where you get it from but there is bound to be a source out there.

Also, I seem to recall that shipwright mentioned how he dyes his own pieces of veneer using fabric dyes for his marquetry projects. Not sure if that was a blog or just a comment in someone else’s forum topic but that might be a relatively cheap approach for a one-off project.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 10-18-2019 02:24 AM

What Lazyman said.
I have used Rit brand fabric dye with good results, especially with a lacquer topcoat. I like the powder better than the premixed because you can mix to different shades. All the hobby and fabric stores have it.

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