OK, so I ran into a little speed bump on my Pistolera roasted walnut neck experiment. Once I hit it with a couple of coats of clear, the glue seams that were once completely invisible suddenly stuck out like a sore thumb.
That brings me to my final verdict about using this material for necks: I don’t think torriefied walnut is bad, but I don’t think that I’ll use it again for a neck build. My whole reason for using it was that I was picturing just doing a clear or amber coat over this dark wood. But, due to this weird glue reaction, it kind of defeats the whole purpose for using roasted walnut as opposed to regular walnut. Additionally, the material is more brittle than walnut, and I’d go as far as saying that chunk-outs and the subsequent repairs involving glue are inevitable. As a result all of those repairs are also super-visible. In the end, I feel a little underwhelmed by the final result.
So, in an effort to beautify this neck, I sprayed the glue areas with dark brown dye. I mixed General Finishes Water-Based Dye Stain into Varathane. They mix together no prob.
I think it looks really good!