Coloring wood with modern chemicals
Synopsis: 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 on yellow wood will produce a greenish hue. Simply staining a piece of maple with black dye will cause the wood to appear blue-gray; oak will come out greenish-gray. He explains how to get a truer black and how to control the color better. Water-soluble dyes are the best choice for the first coloring, and Dresdner offers tips on staining open-pored woods.
Although natural dyes can be very appealing, the vast majority of contemporary finishers prefer to use modern dyes and stains. These materials are generally much more dependable than the natural dyes. In addition, the chemical mordants and organic materials needed to make natural dyes, which produce color by reacting with the wood itself, can be messy, unpredictable, dangerous…