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brown dye first, followed by a light amber dye in step two. This combo nicely mimics rich, aged maple. For a redder, darker treatment, try black followed by antique cherry. Make sure you do a scrap sample first, and find the color pair that suits you best.

Transparent Candy Apple

Candy apple is a term used to describe finishes that are both brightly colored and transparent, so that the wood figure still shows through it. Imagine a film of red plastic sandwich wrap laid over the page of a newspaper. The paper would be red, but you would still be able to read the words. That is how a candy-apple finish works. You see it frequently on highly figured electric guitars.

You'll need spray equipment for candy-apple finishing, and it works best if you use a lacquer topcoat. Here's how to do it.

First, stain the wood with dye. Use black dye if you are going to make the candy-apple finish red, green or blue,

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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