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    Green Maple HF

    Every once in a while I like to experiment with color. This maple HF has plenty going for it already with voids, bark inclusions and curl, but I thought a little color would be interesting.

    Maple, 5 ¼” diameter x 4 ½” high, sanded to 320 grit, colored with RIT ‘Kelly Green’ dye mixed with DNA, several coats of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly. I will wait for a week or so for the finish to cure a little more and then buff.

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    As always, your comments, critiques and opinions are welcome!

    Thanks for looking!
    Steve

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    Wow, I like that color! Looks great as it is; hope you'll give us another look after buffing it, Steve.
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    Steve that is beautiful. Well done.
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    wow is right!I must say i really like that color you chose
    Steve

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    Great HF (as we'd expect from you), but as much as I like playing with color, this particular green doesn't really send me. I'm sure someone will just HAVE to own it when they see it, though.
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    Steve, that's a fine looking Granny Smith. Though seriously, nice job and I LIKE that color.

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone! I do appreciate it!

    Vaughn - I am not much of a 'green' color kind of guy but it is my wife's favorite and she loves it. Enough said... I was hoping for a darker green and may have to play around a little with the color mix. Got another HF on the lathe right now that has a lot of curl and I think it could really pop with the right color added. We'll see.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schlumpf View Post
    ...Vaughn - I am not much of a 'green' color kind of guy but it is my wife's favorite and she loves it. Enough said...
    I'm in a similar boat. I could turn a total trainwreck of a form, but if I made it green, LOML would be all over it. I was playing around dying some fairly plain maple confetti lights recently, and went looking through my Transtint stock to see if I had green, and I didn't. I opted for blue, hated it, and sanded it all off. It dawned on me later that I could probaly mix my blue and yellow dyes to get something green.
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    Vaughn - so far the only dyes I have used have been RIT and the only colors I have are red and green. This was my first attempt at green and the darker portions of it look OK to me. It's the lighter - granny smith apple green stuff that I don't like. Part of it was the maple - didn't suck in the color like my experience with white birch! Huh, go figure!

    Anyway, I do like playing with color and may opt to start thinking about a small air brush or something to have a little more control instead of just brushing it on - wiping it off.
    Steve

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    Steve, I tried an airbrush, but wasn't able to get as wide of pattern as I wanted. (Probably operator error.) I ended up with one of these with an assortment of tip sizes:

    http://www.spraygunworld.com/product...ray%20Gun.html

    I still have the airbrush (a Paasch) and some day I may actually learn to use it for more detailed work.

    Are you using the pre-mixed Rit dyes or the powered ones? I've used the black pre-mixed stuff and it worked OK, but it tended to raise the grain. (In hindsight, I should have wet the wood after sanding it, then re-sanded before dying it.) One of the things I like about the Transtint dye is that you can use DNA as a carrier, so it doesn't raise the grain nearly as much.
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