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The Eco-Conscious Craft: Choosing Eco-Friendly Stains for Wood

In an age where sustainability is more than a buzzword, our choices as consumers and creators are under a green-tinted spotlight. Woodworking, once a domain of traditional craftsmanship, is evolving to meet eco-friendly standards. Enter the eco-friendly stain, the silent hero of the woodworker’s toolkit. Unlike their conventional counterparts, these eco-stains are champions of the environment, boasting low or zero VOC content and biodegradability.

Why Make the Switch

Eco-friendly stains are like a breath of fresh air—literally and figuratively. Traditional stains are known to release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Eco-alternatives offer a safer, cleaner working environment for the woodworker and a healthier end-product for the customer. Apart from the health benefits, using eco-friendly stains contributes to a reduced environmental footprint, aligning with the global shift toward sustainability.

The Palette of Options

The transition to eco-friendly woodworking does not need to come with a compromise on results. Today’s brands offer a broad spectrum of eco-stains and dye kits that deliver on both efficacy and earth-friendly promises. From vibrant wood dyes to rich pigmented stains, the selection is varied, ensuring that your project stands out and stands up for the planet.

Real Stories, Real Results

Woodworkers who have embraced the use of eco-friendly stains testify to their success. These green alternatives produce durable, high-quality finishes and are fully capable of showcasing the natural beauty of wood without the environmental guilt. With first-hand experiences like these, it’s clear that the future of woodworking is inherently tied to the eco-friendly story it tells.
For those who craft carefully, the eco-friendly stain is a brushstroke toward a brighter, more sustainable craft. It’s a small change reflecting a grand transformation in how we view and value our craft, environment, and future.

Gray Wood Stain Demonstration Using Wood Dye

Making Gray Wood Stain Using Keda Dye is Very Easy To Do.

The Mixture

The formula I used was:

To start, I mix 1/8th Tsp. of Keda Dye’s Coal Black Dye Powder (or 0.5 Grams) powder dye into 1 oz. warm water. I then added 7 oz. of Isopropyl alcohol to the 1 oz. water dye mixture. You could just use 8 oz. of warm water though. However, I liked the look and the faster dry time using the 70%-91% rubbing alcohol for my project. Diluting the Keda Coal Black powder dye creates this beautiful silver gray stain color, and has an amazing wood finishing depth.

Wood Used

The main project was made from a lower grade, solid wood “Curly Maple”. I also used a store bought Pine, as well as double A grade Quarter Sawn Maple, with a Rotary Cut Maple Veneer B side laid up on MDF core. The last two woods were primarily for showing the same gray dye stain color on different woods.

Wood Prep

On this project the prep work used for all the woods, consisted of sanding the wood with a 150 grit sandpaper. I did blow off the saw dust, with compressed air. This was also followed by wiping down the pre colored wood with the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, and a lint free microfiber towel to remove any dust still lingering behind. After cleaning the wood with the alcohol, I allowed the rubbing alcohol to completely dry before the stain application process.

Wood Stain Application

I began the gray stain application process. I flooded the wood surface with the gray stain mixture, and worked the wood dye into the grains of the wood. The dyes absorbed and dried relatively quickly. Personally, I typically like to wipe the stained wood down with a clean, lint free cloth, prior to fully drying. This helps to lift off any loose wood dyes, and helps prevent any possible wood stain pooling.

For the second round for the gray dye solution, was to be a little more controlled during the application process. I did not flood the surface quite as heavily. I did wipe off the excess wood stain off fairly quickly in an effort to get that silver gray look.

Sealing The Gray Stain Into The Wood

Once I was certain the gray dye stain had fully dried, I followed that up with sealing the stained wood with a spray can of gloss lacquer from Deft. I did not wet sand or polish the lacquer at all. After all, these blanket holders are going to be in my closet. I did however, do an in-between coat sanding about an hour after the 2nd coat of lacquer had dried. 3 coats of the lacquer in total were applied, but you certainly could add more. This really was a very simple DIY project. Hopefully it has provided a good visual for getting that transparent, clean, gray wood stain look, and helps someone out.

You can buy Keda wood dye on our ordering information page located here: Buy wood dye

mahogany wood staining using brush

Mahogany Wood Stain: How to Get the Right Look

Adding a beautiful new stain to your wood is an easy way to breathe new life into it. But how do you find the right mahogany wood stain in Wisconsin? It actually isn’t that hard! First, mahogany has an open pore structure resembling that of walnut and oak. That means it stains easily. Want a flat, smooth feel? Apply a grain filler before staining. Are you looking for a more textured surface? Just apply the wood stain without grain filling.

As mentioned, mahogany will accept nearly all kinds of wood stains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t better options than others. In this case, water-based stains offer the best results, especially if you are looking for a rougher texture. These stains will raise the grain and create that nice, textured feel you are after. You can then sand down the surface to make it smooth to the touch. Penetrating oil-based stains can also provide impressive results.

Something to remember is that some types of stains tend to do better when bringing out specific colors. If you are interested in learning more about choosing the right kind of stain to meet your project goals, you should reach out to your local wood staining professionals.

Can You Use a Wood Stain on Your Guitar?

Sometimes you love your acoustic guitar, but you don’t love the way it looks. Maybe the color doesn’t suit you, or it has simply seen better days. The good news is that you can refresh your instrument’s appearance easily with a guitar stain in Wisconsin.

All wood products can be stained or re-stained, and that includes wooden acoustic guitars. However, to achieve great-looking results, you must follow the correct process and use a reliable stain product. The easiest approach is to order a guitar dye kit that includes everything you need, but here are the basics of what you should know.

Remove Any Existing Finish: Be sure to remove any finish, coating, or wax that your guitar currently has. You’ll need to sand the surface until you have a smooth, clean canvas for your new stain.

Work Carefully: Guitars are surprisingly delicate instruments. While you’re working, be careful not to damage the soundboard, as this could alter your guitar’s sound. Furthermore, you may have to remove the bridge to achieve the look you want; be very cautious while attempting this.

Use a Good Sealer: After all your hard work, you want to ensure your new guitar stain lasts. We recommend using a high-quality UV-protecting wood sealer after the stain dries.