Dyed Walnut

Warm Up Colorless Finishes

Dewaxed Amber Shellac

YVaterborne varnishes and lacquer have no inherent color, so they're often used on light-colored woods, such as maple, to avoid the amber tone added by traditional shellac and varnish finishes. On the other hand, darker woods, such as walnut, look better with traditional finishes because their amber tone amplifies the wood's rich, dark color.

If you plan on using a waterborne polyurethane or lacquer finish, consider warming up the walnut first, with a coat of dye. On the sample shown here, the aged walnut dye recipe was used (see "Match New and Old Walnut." page 50), diluted three parts to one. Allow the dye to dry. Then brush on a coat of Zinsser's SealC.oat (it's actually 2-lb.-cut dewaxed shellac). SealCoat keeps the waterborne polv from dissolving the water-based dye.

Coloring Mismatched Walnut

The intensity and hue of walnut often varies from one board to another, or between walnut veneer plywood and solid walnut. These color differences can detract from the appearance of your finished project. Achieve a more cohesive look by dyeing the lighter wood and applying a glaze to even out the color differences. Use the same procedure outlined in "Make Sapwoocl Disappear" on page 48.

If the mismatch doesn't show up until you apply a coat of finish, you'll have to skip the dyeing step. Blend the colors using glaze only, as on the bookcase shown here.

Bookcase Face Frame

On this bookcase, the mismatched colors of the faceframe and cabinet weren't noticed until the clear finish was applied.

Glazing the face frame added tone that minimized the mismatch.

On this bookcase, the mismatched colors of the faceframe and cabinet weren't noticed until the clear finish was applied.

Glazing the face frame added tone that minimized the mismatch.

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