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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

bowlturner's answer is correct, and will probably give you the results you are looking for. But it inspired me to experiment, mostly to see how sharp an edge I could get. Hardwood Guide As you can ...
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Can wood be "dyed" transparent?

Apparently there is at least one method of doing this, by chemically breaking down or replacing wood lignin with acrylic. However this method may only be practical in laboratory-type settings, or at ...
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Chlorine bleach on poplar

Clorox seems like a cruel thing to put on wood. I imagine that you'll feel very upset then by the thought of using lye on wood, but that too is widely done :-) It feels "dryer" or something. ...
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How can I finish a piece consisting of multiple species to yield an overall cohesive appearance?

At this point, you have numerous options: Replace the mismatched parts with red oak. Experiment with dye and/or stain on several scrap pieces to try to get them to match the coloring of the red oak. ...
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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

I am assuming you are using the torch to 'scorch' the wood and not really burn it. I think that clamping another piece of wood as a "sacrificial piece" onto the line should work just fine. Doing ...
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Does wood generally lose color / go gray in sunlight?

There are a few ways that wood ages when exposed to the elements and light. How the wood looks as it ages is dependent on a number of factors: type of elements, amount and type of light, where the ...
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How can I finish a piece consisting of multiple species to yield an overall cohesive appearance?

Adding to rob's answer. There is nothing wrong with using different woods in a project and most projects have a couple different ones in them any way. Most drawers are made of a cheaper wood and the ...
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How to remove the "yellow" look from pine?

The other answer that discusses matching with stains is completely reasonable (and offers what is arguably the correct answer: stain or bleach to match), but I'd like to offer a reframing challenge: ...
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Painting inside of carving

I would try applying blue painter's tape to the plywood before I routed out the inner circle. Then route the inner circle, which will also cut away the tape. Then when you paint the interior, the ...
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Painting inside of carving

Make another ring (Piece A) that is somewhat larger in outside diameter than your final item, but with the same inner diameter and open at the bottom. Make this from fairly thin material. This will ...
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How to remove the "yellow" look from pine?

You might want to experiment with a sample wood and try to bleach it with regular bleach solution. Optionally, you can wipe it down with tannin solution from a boiled black tea or any other colored ...
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Painting inside of carving

It looks like you have a solid disc of plywood, with a ring stuck on the top. If so, proceed as follows. Mark out the inner and outer circles of the discs. Paint the inner circle (but not the outer ...
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What's a good way to lighten the colour of this chair, returning it to a natural-wood appearance?

I'm looking to suggestions for easy ways to make them look like the last pics. There's no easy way to do this, sorry. Regardless of whether the chairs have coloured finish on them or are ...
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What's a good way to lighten the colour of this chair, returning it to a natural-wood appearance?

OK looks like my options are using a paint stripper, sandpaper or a using a heat gun. Despite the health hazards involved, the first seems to be the easiest one. Then after finishing I'd have to apply ...
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Method to remove wood sticker stain / discolored area from pine?

This is "sticker stain". Sticker stain is fairly common and often unavoidable, although the nature and severity of it varies naturally. Is there any treatment or method to remove or reduce ...
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Method to remove wood sticker stain / discolored area from pine?

Is there any treatment or method to remove or reduce the discoloration circled below? Or do I just have to live with it as “part of the charm”? Although those sticker marks were all caused in the ...
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How to remove the "yellow" look from pine?

the Floor looks to me like outdoor in the elements aged look. That generally takes time. I'm sure there are ways to speed it up, but I don't know what those are. I suspect the fasted and cheapest ...
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How to scorch to darken a part of a piece of wood and not the other?

If you only need to present a darker wood, but not charred or completely black, aluminum foil or aluminum tape should work well. Aluminum is great because it conducts heat very well, spreading the ...
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