Dyes Bring Out Best in Figured Maple
Get a rich, multidimensional shimmer with simple sanding steps and water-based dye
Synopsis: James Condino’s finish is designed to bring out the multidimensional, layered color of figured maple. His method uses a dark dye followed by a series of lighter dyes, sanded away to reveal the depths of the wood’s figure. The final product will have a shimmer that can appear almost three-dimensional.
If you’ve ever attended an outdoor custom-car show, you’ve noticed how some paint schemes appear to change color. That ’49 Mercury appears black from a distance, but closer inspection under the sun’s rays reveals a dark-purple shimmer with a subtle iridescent red.
This multidimensional, layered color is what I try to accomplish on figured maple, a wood uniquely suited to being enhanced with dyes. First, the wood’s light-blond color puts no limit on your imagination (I’ll stick with wood tones, but my process works just as well with other, brighter colors). Second, the striped and…