Woodworking

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A miter saw station with all the bells and whistles. There is plenty of work spa…: Mixing the Dye

There are two ways to mix dyes. You can mix them together in a single batch to get the color you want, or you can blend them by successive applications on your work. Since you’re going to apply several coats of dye anyway, and since it’s difficult to duplicate a mixture, I recommend blending them on the work.

To experiment, collect and finish-sand some left over wood from your project. If you are refinishing an existing piece, experiment on a concealed area. Mix about 1/8 tsp of dye per cup of water and try different combinations. The dye will look dull when it dries so wet the surface with some mineral spirits to get an idea of the finished result. When you are satisfied with the color, record the sequence of dyes you used.