Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Charles Neil is that you can dye a blend of sapwood and heartwood to set the same tone before staining and you'll eliminate the variances. Now, I've made a couple projects that specifically used the sapwood to artistic ends, but this isn't one.
In this photo, you see a mixed piece of walnut sapwood and heartwood dyed orange with General Finished Orange Dye. If you look carefully, you can make out a sapwood/heartwood boundary swooping down from the top right of the test scrap to the lower left corner. The orange has equalized it with a warming color. The two brown patches are tests of General Finished Black Walnut stain. The boundary is basically gone under the stain. Note that the black walnut stain seems to be discontinued as I cannot find my can on the site; I got the quart for $1 at a store clearance :)
General Finishes Seal-A-Cell.
Definitely liking the color ...and that this was all scrap walnut and clearance stain :)
This technique for equalizing the color between the sapwood and heartwood comes up often in Charles Neil's videos. He has, however, released a 6 DVD set that covers the use of General Finishes water-based dyes and stains on 6 hardwood varieties. The set is called It's All About The Color and I highly recommend it; you see everything being applied in realtime.