Staining and Coloring

Woodworkers are sometimes baffled and intimidated by the many choices available to them when they want to add color to their projects. Some techniques are easy to accomplish, others can be more complicated, but just like applying clear finishes, none
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  • Gel Stain User's Guide(1)Gel Stain User's Guide(1)

    by Teri Masaschi

    Gel stains are often spurned by serious finishers but not always for good reason, according to Teri Masachi, a professional finisher. In this article, she reveals ...

  • Safe and Simple Arts and Crafts FinishSafe and Simple Arts and Crafts Finish

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Gustav Stickley worked tirelessly to perfect a finishing process for quartersawn white oak using ammonia fuming. His noted process isn’t hard, but it does have ...

  • What Woodworkers Need to Know about LightWhat Woodworkers Need to Know about Light

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Professional finisher Jeff Jewitt talks about the advantages and dangers of exposing wood to light. Jewitt talks about ways to reduce exposure and choose durable ...

  • Fuming with AmmoniaFuming with Ammonia

    by Kevin Rodel

    When many people think of Stickley, Limbert, or Roycroft furniture, fumed white oak is what they see in their mind’s eye. Kevin Rodel explains the history and methods ...

  • Using Wood BleachUsing Wood Bleach

    by Jeff Jewitt

    Jeff Jewitt explains how to use three types of bleach for specific uses; no one bleach does it all. Bleach helps match old wood to new, repair stains, remove dye, ...

  • Glazes and Toners Add Color and DepthGlazes and Toners Add Color and Depth

    by David E. Colglazier

    By adding colored finish layers at the right time, you can alter or compensate for an existing color as you go, getting exactly the right result. Two finishing ...

  • For Vibrant Color, Use Wood DyesFor Vibrant Color, Use Wood Dyes

    by Chris A. Minick

    Finishing chemist Chris A. Minick calls aniline dyes a good product with a bad name. Dyes are useful for special finishing effects, like layering and toning and ...

  • Changing the Color of WoodChanging the Color of Wood

    by Chris A. Minick

    The appearance of plain woods can be enhanced by staining. Few can afford to build every project from first-rate cabinet hardwoods. Most woodworkers, Chris A. Minick ...

  • Bleaching WoodBleaching Wood

    by Michael Dresdner

    Michael Dresdner talks about various ways to bleach wood, and why you’d want to in the first place. He explains the chemical reactions behind how bleach works and ...

  • Gel StainsGel Stains

    by Jim Boesel

    Fine Woodworking’s Jim Boesel tried out some gel stains and was surprised to discover they delivered on their marketing promises. He found them easy to apply, with ...

  • Creating a Limed FinishCreating a Limed Finish

    by Michael Dresdner

    With its soft, ghostly white appearance, a limed finish imparts instant history to any new piece of furniture. Michael Dresdner says this look is easy to create, ...

  • Aniline DyesAniline Dyes

    by Michael Dresdner

    Michael Dresdner explains how aniline dyes work and how to apply them effectively. He offers tips such as how to predict how the color will turn out – blue stain ...

  • Ebonizing WoodEbonizing Wood

    by John McAlevey

    John McAlevey ebonizes wood with a precipitate formed by mixing iron and vinegar. The mix is most effective on woods containing tannin, such as mahogany, oak, walnut, ...

  • Old-Fashioned Wood-ColoringOld-Fashioned Wood-Coloring

    by George Frank

    If you’re a hobbyist interested in obtaining a quality of color you can’t get directly out of a can, there are advantages to making your own wood-coloring mixtures ...

  • Stains, Dyes and PigmentsStains, Dyes and Pigments

    by George Frank

    George Frank calls woodfinishing the stepchild of woodworking. Even its vocabulary is poor and misleading, he says. He explains the difference between dyeing and ...

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