I'm building a mountain dulcimer and I have a client waiting for it.
The fingerboard is made from a beautiful piece of bocote. The problem
is that after inlaying the abolone fret makers and sanding the surface
bocote is a yellowish color (when cut or sanded it turns yellow).
Normally it takes about a week or more for that wood to start to turn
the dark orangish-brown that we want. I don't have a week. The
Julian bluegrass festival is next weekend and we would really like to
have it done by then.
Cocobolo can be oxidized by wipeing it with alchohol. Tried that on
bocote and it didn't change. Purpleheart will oxidize in about a day
if left in the sun. Tried that with a scrap of bocote and it stayed
Is there any way I can speed up that oxidation to get the color I