I'm building a cajun accordion and I'm trying to make it as dramatic as
I can. I don't want your plain old wood stained box after going to all
This flame birch is beautiful, but its a bear to work with,
particularly for a newbie who has only really worked with pine before.
I do intend to use dyes. And I'm spending a lot of money on
experimenting already. Maybe it will pay off if I build other boxes.
I'm wondering if that Sam Maloof Oil/Varnish product will really bring
out the chatoyance like it advertises (how do you pronounce chatoyance
anyway? ) or whether another oil based product will do the trick.
I've already tried clear shellac, Deft gloss (both too glossy,
over-riding the inherent shimmer of the wood, though its still there).
Maybe shoot for satin finish next time or semi-gloss.
I tried some water based dies under the finish, and it just soaked that
soft grain and clogged everything up, pretty much killing the glimmer.
Is it possible to layer water based dyes over something like the Maloof
Thanks for all our help with this clueless but determined builder.