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  • what wood or how to bleach it white,

    need to make small white doves for a small oak box for wife any ideals ? thanks for any help

  • #2
    The whitest wood is Holly, but expensive. I also use Aspen for white wood.
    Denny
    ArtCrafters in Dayton, TN

    www.sandyoaksonline.com

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    • #3
      I have used aspen and also bass wood if you are not too concerned it being too soft.

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      • #4
        Some maple can be pretty light in color, and doesn't tend to darken as much when the finish is applied.
        Linda at www.ArtIngrained.com

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        • #5
          As anyone who has used aspen will tell you, it drinks up the finish for the first couple of coats. You can almost hear the wood drinking it in.
          Jim
          When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
          Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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          • #6
            Sap wood of Western Cedar can also be almost white. Check out your local Lowe's or Home Depot.
            Scott
            Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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            • #7
              Bartley used to make a White gel wipe on gel varnish. I just can't seem to find a source.
              Rolf
              RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
              Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
              Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
              And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rolf View Post
                Bartley used to make a White gel wipe on gel varnish. I just can't seem to find a source.
                Is it the Old Masters pickling white gel stain?
                Scott
                Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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                • #9
                  No it used to be a Bartleys white gel stain.
                  Rolf
                  RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                  Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                  Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                  And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                  • #10
                    I use holly and if I really need it white I will use wood bleach. Works well.
                    John T.

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                    • #11
                      Judy G. Roberts has the Bartleys White Gel.
                      Tracy

                      Nicholasville, KY
                      ​Excalibur 21"
                      www.sawdustgallery.com

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                      • #12
                        Thank you Tracy!
                        Rolf
                        RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                        • #13
                          If you usemaple, I find if I dipmit it changes color. If sprayed, it doesn't change.
                          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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                          • #14
                            In doing my inlays, I have used maple and basswood for white wood. Basswood is whiter, softer, and cheaper than maple and I recommend it. I use maple now-a-days because when sanding off the inlays the red from the cedar gets imbedded into the basswood and does not with hard maple. Not an issue for you, if you are applying the dove to the background wood.
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