hello all, first post here. I have read through the related topics on this forum already and have not found an answer yet so here is my dilemma...
a few years ago I have seen a rifle at the remington gun factory with a wood stock that had crazy accentuated grain in black, like almost black and light grey. something like this but more intense...
I want to know how I can accentuate wood grain to this degree.
I have read about using rit dyes, and penetrating stains and sanding.
I have built a book case out of pine pieces (bits glued together) and have sanded it smooth, ready for finishing. I would like to know what is the best way to accetuate the grain in pine(high contrast) regardless of any blotchiness that may occur.
I should mention that I am a very "fresh' ameteur woodworker and have only started maybe 5 years ago making coffee tables, fish tank stands, bookcases, bed frames. Every time that I have done a project I have tried a different finishing technique.
here is a tank hood that I have made in my first attempt at high contrast grain...
oil based ebony stain on pine with oil based poly
here is the last stand I made, solid pine oil based ebony stain, sanded lightly and water based poly finish.
here is the same stand with another tank canopy on top I sprayed the stain with an airbrush and wiped it off quickly, repeated this twice.
I want to bring everything out, and I am under the impression that pre-stains may prevent some things to pop out.
thank you in advance for any tips and suggestions, I will be checking for updates daily, feel free to ask any questions.