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Message started by mblue on Nov 30th, 2010 at 9:25am

Title: staining spruce soundboard
Post by mblue on Nov 30th, 2010 at 9:25am
I like spruce for soundboards.. However it is very light in color.
Is it very common to stain a Ukulele soundboard?
I was thinking that it might be looked down on because it is changing the natural color of the wood.
I know that I shouldn't care about that, but I am just wondering.
Also, is it possible that stain might change the sound of the finished Ukulele?..

Title: Re: staining spruce soundboard
Post by Don_Orgeman on Dec 1st, 2010 at 4:34am
If you are using a Tru Oil finish you will find that the Tru Oil will darken the spruce top and add a brown tone that is very pleasing.  You can test this out by putting a bunch of layers of finish on a piece of the spruce scrap from the rough cut shape.

There should also be no problem with staining for a desired efffect if you wanted a sunburst or other pattern or just wanted a blue topped ukulele.


Title: Re: staining spruce soundboard
Post by unkabob on Dec 2nd, 2010 at 10:49am
Be sure to test the stain on some scrap of the wood that you are using. I tried to stain maple with a golden oak stain and found that all the colour formed speckles. I suspect that the liquid was drawn into the wood, leaving the pigment on the surface.

I have heard that analine dyes are the way to go but I have not tried them.


Title: Re: staining spruce soundboard
Post by sweetgum on Feb 16th, 2011 at 12:11am
Hi !

its been awhile since i have checked in here. cool to see you guys are still checking in too.. my daughter turned 5 a few weeks ago and asked for a uke of her own.  ::) "and dad, it needs to be purple."  not my taste really but did i have an option of saying no? anyway it came out pretty good. i used a product called transtint its like 20 bucks at woodcrafters or lmii.  the interesting thing about it, is that it is compatable with both solvent and water based products. it can be used as a stain or as a toner in the finish. i did both. but i think all it needed to be was a toner in the finish. it looks nice due to it being transparent so you can still clearly see all the details of the wood grain. i used it in the shellac for a simple french polish(its easier than you would think and very fun once you get a feel for it check out milburnguitars.com for a great tutorial)  i think it would work fine by just adding a few drops to the tru oil. then go about your business as usual....  

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