I managed to complete the federal period demi-lune gateleg table show in an issue of FW a year or so back and gave it to my sister. She liked it so much my other sister is now “requesting” equal attention, so I’m making another to keep the family happy.
My only problem with the first version was that I need to both stain legs and apron that contained inlay and use a base coat of dye to get a reasonable veneer/solid mohagany color match. When I did this the light colored inlay turing out very muddy. I was hoping it would just look “aged” but that was not the case.
Does anyone have a good idea of how to prevent this from happening? Ive done some test pieces using shellac or poly applied to the inlay prior to dye/stain but neither helps a lot. Also, putting some non-porous material over the inlay before coloring is problematic as a lot of the inlay is 1/16″ stringing which IMO would be very difficult to accurately cover.