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Nov 8, 2021 - 8:37:45 AM



260 posts since 5/28/2012

Hello everyone,

I'm planning to convert a banjo into a semi-fretless.
I want to use a brass plate on the neck, so I bought matching brass hardware at balsam banjoworks.
Now I think about changing the colour of the wood since I don't really like it and would prefer a much darker neck and rim (like walnut) in combination with brass hardware. (see image)

I read about sanding the neck and rim thoroughly and then dying it with Fiebing leather dye.
Do you think I can achieve the darker look using this method?
The rim and neck are made of maple.

Edited by - Jelle on 11/08/2021 08:38:27

Nov 9, 2021 - 4:14:46 AM
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15036 posts since 8/30/2006

How dark? Show us a test piece. I stain walnut dark with MINwax Espresso.
I have not used leather dye, a test patch would show us also.

Sometimes I start with the red and go to the blacker stains. Some the black is followed by the red.
Those colors you are showing us will bleed through.
Read up about cabinet scrapers.
These stains and finishes only go into the wood a very little distance. Learn to sharpen your scrapers.
220 grit paper is your friend.

Nov 10, 2021 - 12:07:50 PM



260 posts since 5/28/2012

Thank you Helix!

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