Popping grain


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how do you do it??

 

i use Charles Neil's 'combined trace coat / pop grain' technique using alcohol dyes (they penetrate much deeper than water-based).  i apply dye after the part comes-off the wide-belt sander and at every subsequent sanding: 120, 150 and 180.  After 180 is done, i do a very thin coat of cat tung oil to carry the dye deeper.  after a couple of days, i seal it with 0.5ct sb shellac prior to a top coat.

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I've tried some experiments on slightly curly maple. Oils and dyes just seem to muddy the chatoyance. I've tried linseed, linseed and lemon oil, tung, water based analine dyes (can't find alcohol dyes for the life of me). I'm still experimenting, but take a look at what french polishing does (I'm assuming this is superblonde shellac), warning - put your shades on first...

 

Perhaps it's all done with smoke and mirrors photoshop?

 

John

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