I found an hour today while the wife walked to dog to actually get some building done in a makeshift man-cave that I've set up. There's no lighting, but I've got some rubber mats and some carpet down on a temporary bench. I got the body sanded down to 360 grit, with a few water wipes to raise the grain and 400-grit cutting back. Pretty happy with the smoothness - this is a nice piece of wood! With the surface prepared, and time running out (is that the patter of dog feet I hear?) I slapped on a slurry of ebony timbermate to fill the grain.
Fast forwad one weekend hence, and it was time to sand the Timbermate back and get some colour on. After agonising over the flames idea, I've turfed it into the too-hard basket and decided to go with straight black stain. I sanded off the Timbermate with 400 grit, and the body is now
smooth as a baby's wossname. It might be even too smooth to take colour. Hmm.
I got out the Colortone black dye and applied a first stain coat.
I've been tossing around colours for the last fortnight, but trans black
finally won out. I'm certainly a creature of habit! The stain
is drying as I type and soon I'll be able to apply a second round.
It's starting to look good, although there's a couple of spots where the dye
hasn't taken as well as I'd like. Always seems to happen with black dye
(well mine anyway). Too much sanding I'll wager. I may need to hit these
with a stronger dye soluton, or add some Colortone to the Tru-Oil when the
|Ebony Timbermate applied. Just gotta let it dry completely.|
|Timbermate sanded off, and grain filled nicely.|
|First coat of Colortone Black dye|