dying wood question

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dying wood question

Postby Chris Richards » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:28 am

I'm thinking of doing a guitar with somewhat of a "lute" look made from alternate strips of mahogany and maple and I wanted to put much thinner strips of wood between the strips, getting a contrast I can see may be difficult, a light wood wouldn't work because of the maple so I was going to go dark, something like ebony but I didn't want to go to that expense. I was hoping to use maple and dye it black but since the back is going to be shaped I'm unsure whether the dye will penetrate enough to not get carved away.

Has anyone got any ideas/alternatives, I really just want say 2mm thick different coloured strips of wood between the mahogany and maple..

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Re: dying wood question

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:39 am

You could try some Wenge. Or black walnut.
Or for a different effect try padauk, or purpleheart.
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Re: dying wood question

Postby Barry Daniels » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:42 am

You can buy dyed veneer from Luthiers Mercantile.

I tried pressure cooking veneer strips with dye but it only penetrated a short distance.
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Re: dying wood question

Postby Chris Richards » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:10 am

Thanks for the help, yes I suspected that dying wood would be a waste of time, I'll try and hunt down some cheap wood as Gordon suggests..
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Re: dying wood question

Postby Mark Wybierala » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:01 pm

You could always make a 1/4" dyed cap using maple and strips of dyed wooden binding. LMI has a range of colors.
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Re: dying wood question

Postby Andrew Porter » Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:53 pm

A pretty good video on "Ebonizing" wood. Fairly long but the take away is archival grade India Ink (i.e. Speedball or Dick Blick brands).

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Re: dying wood question

Postby Jim McConkey » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:04 pm

Probably the same stuff, but most lutherie supply places carry black fingerboard dye. It is commonly used on violin fingerboards, but can be used any any instrument. From my limited experience, it seems to hold up well.
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