First You Cut Down A Tree...(Part 14)

posted Jul 14, 2012, 11:54 AM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Apr 7, 2013, 4:40 PM ]
Time to add color to this Shadow Valley Guitar.  Color aplied to wood = stain.  Color applied in finish = tone.  The First step is wood staining.  I am only staining the curly maple binding and trim.  Then I sand most of the stain off to only leave the stain in the deeper fibers of the wood.  This should bring out the figure in the trim when the final finish is applied. 
I use color to tone the first coats of finish (not the wood itself) to the bulk of the guitar.  This is much easier to match when I sand through in later steps.  If I had stained this darker red cedar color to the wood, there would quite likely have been some blotchy spots to contend with.  Also areas of sand through are almost impossible to match when restained.  I had a run in the tone coat in one of the sides, which was easy to sand off and reapply.  You can see that the figure in the wood shows through well.  Although this is a fuzzy picture, you can see where I pealed back the tape over the binding, that the lighter color trim will contrast well to the toned wood.

To View this series from the first post, click here: First You Cut Down A Tree
To view the next post in this series, click here: First You Cut Down a Tree... (part 15)