Quality Wood Colorants

Colorants are selected to enhance the natural qualities of the wood and to make the parts uniform in color without obscuring the beauty of the wood.  Dyes are often the best choice for the base colorant. Often additional grain is added to make different woods blend a little more then just a good color match. To add depth or warmth, a glaze is often used between coats.

It all starts with establishing what colorants and figures need to be added to the boards.

In this case, I us a dye to add grain streaks to the maple in order to replicate the mahogany grain figure.

With the streaks complete, I spray dye over the whole leg.  Once dry, the dye is sealed with de-waxed shellac and top-coated with the first coat of lacquer.

The next step is glazing.  A pigmented colorant is applied and manipulated over the entire leg.  Once glazed, the leg is sprayed with multiple coats of lacquer.

Shown are completed pictures of the grain, coloring, and blending process.

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