[Lab] staining inside groves

Michael Ayukawa mike.ayukawa at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 07:24:24 EDT 2015

Oddly enough, I was going to suggest the opposite!  A high solids stain.  Or even paint.

Having tried this before, the hard part is getting a crisp transition.
You don’t want the stain to penetrate the light surface and only get into the grooves.
You have to seal the areas that you want to be light before you stain the areas you want to be dark (assuming a dark colour stain).
You can seal by applying a coat of varnish or sealing finish and then carving in the lettering.
Easier than painting the whole thing and then sanding back, especially if the grooves are going to be shallow.

The folks who do wood signage sound like they use cheap black spray paint for the dark contrast.

If you are going to use the laser to write on the surface, it might be interesting to see if you can simply ablate 
a surface varnish coat.  Spray it with black paint.  Wipe with a rag+paint thinner.  Sand just a bit and then add a clear coat.

> On Mar 19, 2015, at 8:41 PM, Jim <jim.kiskis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Depending on the stain you may have to thin it many times and then do multi coats 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Mar 19, 2015, at 7:35 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at inventorartist.com <mailto:darcy at inventorartist.com>> wrote:
>> I'm making a gift (perhaps like this).  http://www.houseofcribbage.com/cribbage-board-4-track/continuous-cribbage-board-4-tracks-rose-wood-rw-a-9.jpg <http://www.houseofcribbage.com/cribbage-board-4-track/continuous-cribbage-board-4-tracks-rose-wood-rw-a-9.jpg>
>> I was wondering if anybody's had any luck staining inside groves and lettering?

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