I'm looking to make some almost black molding to contrast with the ash
we're using in a desk that's being designed. We are not going to be
staining the ash, so my preference would be a naturally dark colored
wood that can be steam bent - but only to fairly large radii. My
strong preference is to avoid laminating.
I've used alcohol soluble dye and tightbond II without any
problems. I did not steam bend though, but I don't think that
will play a role dye/glue interaction. Be sure the dye is really
good and dry before gluing.
Take a look at Argentine black Mesquite (prosipis nigra). There's a picture
at <http://www.westpennhardwoods.com/common/item.php?id 3> that isn't far
off, the pieces I've seen don't have that bluish or purplish cast that the
picture shows though, they're more of a neutral black.
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