Aniline Dye Questions – 360w360 E.134

Finish_WeekendIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk to an attendee of the Woodworking Shows, who asks a series of questions about aniline dye and shellac. The audio is a little rough, but the questions and answers contain a ton of great info.

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3 thoughts on “Aniline Dye Questions – 360w360 E.134

  1. Hey guys, I have been told by some woodworkers not to use sandpaper less than 150 on Tiger Maple because
    It will close the the grain on the stripes and not pop as well. Is this true?

    1. Kerry,
      It’s my belief that you should not work beyond a #180 grit; Chuck stops at #220 grit. Beyond that level, on many hardwoods, you begin to choke off the wood pores. By choke off I mean that the pores begin to fill with sanding dust, and you heat the surface enough to change the resins in the wood, which also seal its pores.

      We believe this about most hardwoods, especially if you plan to dye the project for additional coloring. For tiger maple, a wood with which Chuck and I have worked extensively, we have first-hand experience. Even if you intend to oil-finish the surface, you need the finish to leach into the grain to build depth in the finish. It’s depth that makes your finish and project stand out.

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