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    So I have some wood a customer gave me to use for a project for them, white cedar. I don"t think I have ever worked with this wood before. So skipping some details, I have what I think is a very nice piece of wood about 3/4" x 9" x 12". I wanted to do a project with this piece of wood to see how it works and finishes.
    So in haste I found a fret work pattern of a buck standing alone with a crescent moon in the corner. I have done very little fret work projects.
    Since I like the natural look of wood, I try and do very little staining.
    My question is since the wood is very light in color, almost white, and the backer is going to be plywood with the grain running perpendicular, how to finishes this project.?
    So a deer should be brown and there are trees in the picture that look like white birch trees, (could be other birch other than white) and a moon which should be yellow. I thought about using a light blue stain for the background to make it look like blue sky.
    Also any information about the white cedar would be nice.
    The wood is very soft but works very nice. Another good thing the wood makes the shop smell good.

  • #2
    A picture would help a lot. I have used multiple colors on a backer before but I normally stay with black.
    Scott
    Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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    • #3
      I don't know where I got this pattern, but I thought it was easy to do. I did as much cutting a I could with a straight blade and used a spiral blade for some of the finer areas

      . IMG_2311.JPGIMG_2310.JPG

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      • #4
        With that pattern and wood I would go with a black backer. One color is all you need but make it dark.
        Scott
        Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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        • #5
          Agreed, I would also go with black. I have recently used some Minwax ebony stain that still shows the grain of the wood.
          Rolf
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          • #6
            Black stain or a wash coat of a very dark blue paint would be my choices. A clear, solvent based finish on top will help bring out the character and accentuate grain in the white cedar.

            Nice looking piece.
            Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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            • #7
              Actually, I like it the way you are showing it. Put an oil finish on it and it will pop. It looks like the entire frame is a tree trunk. Beautiful matching pattern to wood. That's what I call "painting with wood."
              Betty

              "Congress needs to realize it is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the people, by the people and for Congress." - Dr. Benjamin Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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              • #8
                thanks for the replies, I agree it looks great natural, but I am going to try a dark backer. I did some test with water colors on a scrap piece of wood, I think painting would work better with thinner wood like 1/4". So tonight I stained the back dark. I will post pictures after finish is on.

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                • #9
                  I absolutely love where the knot is and the accent it provides to your great work. That's an eye for artistic flare!
                  Linda at www.ArtIngrained.com

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