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    Any way to make wood blue and white?

    Everything in our kitchen is decorated with a blue and white checkerboard pattern.
    It would be fun to make a compatible cutting board, but I can't image how to get wood blue and white; except simply painting it, but a painted cutting board wouldn't be worth much.
    Any ideas?

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    I have never done this but if I wanted to....... this is what I would try.
    Thin penetrating epoxy , blue and white alcohol ink for coloring epoxy a pressure pot and crossed fingers.
    epoxy I would try is https://www.totalboat.com/product/penetrating-epoxy/ or similar
    an ink example https://www.amazon.com/LETS-RESIN-Al.../dp/B07V8SCY49
    It is a dice roll but I would try it for myself just for the learning experience to me it would be worth the $ and effort if I were looking for the effect.
    Final thought you most likely only need blue , I would use maple which is pretty darn white by itself and again on a dice roll try some oxalic acid on the maple to brighten it even more
    Oxalic acid reference https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
    Sometimes you have to roll the dice to get something nice .
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    I can not think of a way for it to be durable and food safe other than using Corian. I stained some paneling to match what the client called "Blued Cottonwood". They had wood in their Louisiana home that was said to be sink wood from from a clay bog in Louisiana. It was an earthy grey blue but the overall hue was blue.
    Maybe Cottonwood and White Birch?
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    Yeah, foodsafe concerns me. Im guessing you could find foodsafe dyes (food coloring, etc) but then you come up on durability as the next problem.

    But I googled >colored uhmw< and a bunch of hits came up. This one looked interesting but there are others. You'd have to figure out how to glue them together, or attach to a backing board/frame of some kind. But it might be a pretty neat project.
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    Duro-Glide sounds like it would be easier on your kitchen knives than Corian. Corian is becoming obsolete. I have some powder blue and see some better blues on eBay.

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    Best Regards, Maurice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice Mcmurry View Post
    I can not think of a way for it to be durable and food safe other than using Corian. I stained some paneling to match what the client called "Blued Cottonwood". They had wood in their Louisiana home that was said to be sink wood from from a clay bog in Louisiana. It was an earthy grey blue but the overall hue was blue.
    Maybe Cottonwood and White Birch?
    Actually the general consensus is that all finishes are food contact safe PROVIDED they are completely cured.
    Here is a video that best addresses the issue https://stumpynubs.com/the-myth-of-f...wood-finishes/
    mike calabrese

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike calabrese View Post
    I have never done this but if I wanted to....... this is what I would try.
    Thin penetrating epoxy , blue and white alcohol ink for coloring epoxy a pressure pot and crossed fingers.
    epoxy I would try is https://www.totalboat.com/product/penetrating-epoxy/ or similar
    an ink example https://www.amazon.com/LETS-RESIN-Al.../dp/B07V8SCY49
    It is a dice roll but I would try it for myself just for the learning experience to me it would be worth the $ and effort if I were looking for the effect.
    Final thought you most likely only need blue , I would use maple which is pretty darn white by itself and again on a dice roll try some oxalic acid on the maple to brighten it even more
    Oxalic acid reference https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
    Sometimes you have to roll the dice to get something nice .
    mike calabrese
    I have some penetrating epoxy. I will get some oxalic acid and see how white I can get some maple. Thanks.

    Corian or PE won't work, but thanks.

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    Wood "can" be colored all the way through but it requires a vacuum process to force the dye throughout the wood structure. It's not really a DIY for most folks. I'd consider alternative materials if you really need the blue and white or embrace some other creative design for this project.
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    How about making it out of blue & white tiles, with a nice wood frame around it? Unless, you're actually cutting on it, of course.
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    There is a wood called Blue Mahoe. It grows in the Caribbean, and is the national tree of Jamaica. It is said to sometimes have a blue tinge.

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    Transtint has a blue dye. Go to https://homesteadfinishingproducts.c...t-liquid-dyes/, and scroll down to #6022.

    In my experience, dyes go everywhere. That is, they bleed past any masking. I'd expect to make blue wood tiles which I'd glue up to the white tiles.

    For white tiles, you could use Holly wood, or even ordinary Eastern Maple. Maple isn't perfectly white, but you may find it is more readily available than Holly.

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    I don't know the process used but it might require vacuum but pen/turning blanks can be gotten in a variety of colors that are all the way through. Not sure what you are wanting the cutting board to be but that could be either an option or a method to do it. This is a link of what I'm referring to. It would get pretty expensive this way unless you do it yourself. Some of the wood turners might have a suggestion too. Some might have built chambers for doing their own specialty blanks.

    https://stabilizedwoods.com/collecti...pecialty-blank

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