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    I'm Asking HOW TOO

    I have always wanted to crate the high low grain feel on Curly Maple, The BLO and Mineral question reminded me of this Curly Maple question. I will be building a Fowler soon and want to raise the grain , age the wood to appear mid 1700's.
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    First thing that comes to mind is to burn it. Than rub all the burn off with steel wool.
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    Chuck that's the way I heard it done but I was wondering it oils will do the same thing.

    I guess it's time to start some test.

    Thinned oil applied will add an aged look if put in the sun to dry also.
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    Dave,
    A weak solution of Potassium Permanganate will darken the maple, and give a 3-D effect to the curlies.

    Don't be alarmed by the initial bright purple hue - it'll turn brown in just a few minutes.

    Potassium Permanganate is toxic. Rubber gloves and a face shield (at least) should be used when mixing and using it. I use about a teaspoon of the chemical in a cup or so of warm water.
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    Wow you guys really got me scratching my head? There is a great amount of knowledge and info in your three posts but I am still confused.

    Chuck sent me a bowl with curly maple in fact tiger maple. The three D poped with the normal finish after sanding.

    So Dave are you trying to create this finish on an ordinary piece given Chuck is saying to burn it. Or is the burning only for the aging?

    Jim you a mountain of info. Could you elaborate on what you would use the chemical for? I mean are we talking about placing the diluted solution on the wood in strips to give it a replica of the curly effect or is the chemical to achieve an aged look on a good piece of curly maple?

    Not trying to be funny I aint had much to do with this type of wood or finishing it so just wanting understand and learn.

    Jim where did you ever find out about that chemical? I have heard of the chemical before but i mean its application to woodworking.?

    Thanks Dave for the interesting question and post.
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    rob, what i think dave is after is to get the quilting to stand proud of the softer new wood..so its not smooth and flat just smooth and bumpy i think that is what they are after..
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    I want to Curly maple to have the high 's and the low's. The lighter color of the curl is the softer wood and create the valleys and the darker part of the curl become the high ridges. It's an awesome effect. If you can ever run across a original rifle of the period in Curly maple most will have the low and high releaf effect just because the softer lighter wood has worn down leaving the darker to stand higher.
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    Frank Fusco, suggested me some time ago to use a solution of nitric acid as some gun stock makers use it on their guns. Gave a try but didn't suceeded much.
    Maybe he can chime in.
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. All i know is how much i still got to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...Jim you a mountain of info. Could you elaborate on what you would use the chemical for? I mean are we talking about placing the diluted solution on the wood in strips to give it a replica of the curly effect or is the chemical to achieve an aged look on a good piece of curly maple?...
    Rob,
    Many would say I'm a mountain of useless information...

    As for the Potassium Permanganate, I bought a six ounce bottle of it at Sears a few years back. The sell it as a cleaner for water softeners. I think I paid about $9 or $10.

    Once mixed, you put it on the whole piece, and the different wood densities react differently, and take on a whole new depth appearance.

    I might have shown that trick to Larry when he was here last Summer, but I'm not sure. I know I showed him the Sodium Hydroxide (lye) on cherry trick, though.
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