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Mike Holden

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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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I toasted some baltic birch plywood a few months ago. The color turned out beautiful. Now I cannot remember what oven temperature I used. Can anyone add some guidance about oven temperature works best.

A couple of notes. 1) The process really stinks up the house. It took two days for it to clear. Now I will always do it outside on my gas grill.
2) Be careful with plywood. The heating process tends to allow the plywood to delaminate. 
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Hi neighbor Larry,

Below is the process we recommend for baking wood:

THIS HOME KITCHEN WOOD-TINTING FORMULA STERILIZES THE WOOD AND IT’S NON-TOXIC!

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. 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 3: Remove tinted parts from oven and let cool until warm to the touch.
  • Step 4: Apply either a clear polyurethane varnish or clear gloss. We usually finish with 3-4 coats of Krylon Triple Thick Clear to get the glossy surface. We like to use Krylon Triple Thick Clear in a spray can and we usually apply 3-4 coats sanding lightly with about 400 grit sandpaper between coats.

We like to use a toaster oven out in the garage since there is the scent of smoked wood when you bake the wood. Sometimes it gets a little strong smelling, but it does go away when you're done.

There are a few things that can be effect the quality of the tinting wood in an oven:

1. Wood pre-treated with oil or paste wax finishes can cause blotching.

2. Wood that has not been cured properly.

3. Wood that does not have a clean surface.

4. Wood that has a high pitch content.

5. Wood that has been outside in the weather.

If you do a search in our Toymakers Forum you'll find some interesting posts about baking wood. Here's a couple:

http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/cooking-wood-6606036?highlight=cook

http://forums.toymakingplans.com/post/tinting-wheels-darker-by-baking-them-in-a-toaster-oven-7481041?highlight=bake

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Thank you for this post!  Although I have been painting the majority of the wooden toys I make with Kid Safe Acrylics, I have seen many toys in the stores that have a look I would consider to be 'toasted' and wondering how to accomplish this.  I'll try it!  -Don
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This should get you started. Click this link.
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