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Use Dyes to Transform Poplar into Cherry

Acheive an even-colored finish on dissimilar woods and species using dye stains

It's ideal when stained wood in the same room all has the same color, but when the wood species are different, matching colors can be a tall order. According to finishing expert Peter Gedrys, though, matching colors is not impossible. In this "Master Carpenter" article, Gedrys outlines his techniques for creating dyes to make dissimilar wood species appear alike. Gedrys recommends using water-soluble powders, which are economical and are easy to intensify or weaken. He advises making color samples first, then testing them on a scrap piece of the species you're planning to dye. This article includes a sidebar about working with colors to achieve a perfect hue.

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