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I have been making toys a few years (30+) and I have never attempted toasting wood. I always bought the walnut cherry maple etc to gain the look I was going for. So I am going to give this a shot. I went out bought a toaster oven off my local yard sale site. Paid 40 bucks used. I tried it out works fine. Before I attempt "toasting wood" I hear that it needs to be done outside in a well ventilated area do to odors. Do I need to use a aluminum cookie sheet or metal does it matter? anything else alone with it? Is this a trail and error type thing with timing of lightness and darkness of the wood I want to achieve? Anything else I need to know before attempting? I see that the pieces needs to a final sanding also. Any knowledge that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mike
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A product I have done in the passed ... no toasting 

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Well, I would use a little bit of peanut butter and Jelly and it should influence your taste buds! LOL! 
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I toast the wood before I saw it to shape because of shrinking. Toasting tints the wood all the way through and this is a great advantage. The longer the toasting time the darker the wood. Any pan will do but I prop the pieces on little pyramid scraps so air can get underneath for even toasting.
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And I love the '57 Chevy and would enjoy seeing more of your artistry!
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Good God, mike. I just checked out your website. Those custom projects are sick man. I guess those 30+ years count for a lot, eh? Just followed awcwoods on Facebook 👍
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thanks to all !!! Will let you know how it goes from here .. will attempt in the next week or so... Thanks for the kinds words and the advice. 
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