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  • #313178
    Tom R
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    Hi all,

    I’m making a shadow box for my wife, and she wants it to be black. I’m planning on using black dye, but am unsure of a good wood for this. I want the grain to come through, but perhaps something with a more subtle grain structure than, say, oak. Does any one have any wood suggestions? Would maple work well? (I don’t have a good lumber source near by, so if what I can get from the home center (maple, oak) would work that would be a bonus.)

    Thanks,
    Tom

    #313184
    David Perrott
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    If you’re going to use black dye, just use poplar. I’ve used lockwood dyes on it successfully.

    #313191
    Tom R
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    Thanks, David. I had just discounted poplar right off the bat due to its challenges with staining. Does it work with the black dye simply because you’re darkening it so much that any blothchiness isn’t seen? Do you seal it in any way first?

    Thanks,
    Tom

    #313199
    David Perrott
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    I’ve never used black dye. I built the hanging tool cabinet out of poplar. I first stained it with lockwood dye. I used the water soluble dye. I have used the alcohol based before. The water based is probably easier, while the alcohol is better for repair or refinishing work. You can use a wet rag to remove some of the dye if its too dark with the water dye. I then used linseed oil on top of it. I don’t think you need to seal it first, but after the dye you will. Shellac, oil, varnish, or any non water (if using water dye) finish would work over it. .

    #313200
    Tom R
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    Great, thanks! I’m using water based dye and will finish it with either shellac or oil-based poly. I’m going to give this a try this evening…

    #313201
    David Perrott
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    I prefer a wiping varnish to poly. 1 to 1 ratio of oil based poly and mineral spirits (preferably odorless m.s.). Looks a bit more natural. Good luck

    #313202
    Tom R
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    Thanks for the tip, I’ll look into that.

    #313203
    Philipp J.
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    Oak, Beech, Alder, Aspen, Poplar and Linden if you can get it are good for stains.
    Most important thing however is that the Stain/Dye you want to use is suitable for your wood species, theres a reason that dyes and stains specific to certain Species exist.

    Not saying it cant work with other products, but as always you wanna make damn sure to make a test sample of the wood you are going to use. Make sure the sample is out of the actual board/plank you are gonna use for the project as there can be variations even in the same species.

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