A versatile solution for lightening wood and more
Synopsis: 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 how to use it effectively. He lists safety equipment and precautions to take when working with bleach, and he includes a side article on how to choose from available bleaches, including oxalic acid, chlorine bleach, and A/B wood bleach.
Most of us are familiar with wood stains and dyes, the liquids we use when we want to darken wood or change its hue. But what happens when we need to remove color and make the wood lighter? Anyone who has set a piece of dark furniture near a window knows exposure to sun is one of the more effective ways of bleaching color out of wood. But while this method is cheap and easy, it tends to be hard…