- 22 June 2017 at 5:27 pm #313178
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.)
Tom23 June 2017 at 12:08 am #313184
If you’re going to use black dye, just use poplar. I’ve used lockwood dyes on it successfully.23 June 2017 at 1:50 pm #313191
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?
Tom23 June 2017 at 4:48 pm #313199
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. .23 June 2017 at 5:00 pm #313200
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…23 June 2017 at 5:13 pm #313201
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 luck23 June 2017 at 5:19 pm #313202
Thanks for the tip, I’ll look into that.23 June 2017 at 5:42 pm #313203Philipp J.Participant
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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