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In the Macho Motorcycle they bake White Pine to get different colors, what is the next closet wood species to obtain the same results?  Not a good local source for me for clean White Pine.  Will Birch or Ash get the same results?  How would Maple do?
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Hi GPop,

All three of those woods will work. The baking directions are below, but if you search the forum for the words, "bake", "baked", or "burnt" you should find lots of examples from toymakers that are baking wood. We recommend that you use some scraps as a test.

It would be great if you would post pictures of your baked wood and the process you went through. Please keep in mind that the results will vary depending on the wood variety and the amount of moisture in the wood. So please experiment first with scraps and check the oven regularly to monitor the progress.
Here's some tips for baking wood:


Obtain any color tint desired on any wood without staining. It’s all done in your kitchen oven:

Step1: Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius.

Step 2: Place the parts to be tinted on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven. You'll need to make wood stands to place under the part so it bakes evenly. One way to do this is to make wood blocks that are 2" x 2" x 3/4" thick with a nail in the block sticking up. Place 3 or 4 blocks under each part and rest the part on the nails. If this is too time consuming we've placed parts on the cookie sheet directly and turned them over during the process. In some cases we didn't turn them over and the results were fine. You'll want to experiment with scraps.

Step 3: The dark tone requires two hours in the oven. The light tone requires 1 hour in the oven. Four darker tones increase the oven time. For lighter tones decrease the oven time.

Step 4: Remove tinted parts from oven and let cool until warm to the touch.

Step 5: Apply Cynthia’s Paste Wax Finish. The home-made formula is on our website at:

1.       Some woods emit an odor when baking. We use a small toaster oven out on the porch.
2.       Oven heat is 400 to 450 degrees max.
3.       Darker tones take about 2 to 3 hours.
4.       Lighter tones take about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
5.       Place wood so it is raised up off floor of oven and air can circulate around it. We use triangular pyramid blocks and place the wood on top of the points.
6.       Tint the wood before you cut out the wood to make each part. That way the thinner woods and parts will not warp.
7.       The tint goes all the way through the wood which is great when sanding.


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