Dyes and glazing bring out the best in this traditional hardwood
Synopsis: Black walnut has a lot going for it: It cuts and sands well, accepts stains without blotching, and often has attractive figure. But it can be frustrating to finish, because the creamy colored sapwood contrasts with the dark heartwood. Commercial kiln-drying aims to fix the problem, but ends up stripping the heartwood of its rich color. Finishing expert Jeff Jewitt demonstrates how he uses dye to blend the contrasting sections and to give the wood a rich, deep color. Included are tips on how to tell what the wood will look like with a clear finish, how to conceal the sapwood, how to add age and depth to the piece by using a glaze, and how to seal in the color with topcoat when you are done.
It’s no mystery why so many antiques are made of domestic black walnut: It cuts and sands well, accepts stains without blotching,…