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These are a couple of tables that I made earlier this year. The tops are made from maple boards that are held together with dowels. The color of the boards was not an exact match for a vintage stratocaster headstock so I bleached the boards to make them white and then used tinted shellac to make them look just right. I used A/B wood bleach to do this. The A part (Sodium Hydroxide) is applied to the wood and allowed to sit for 5-10 minutes. While the wood is still wet, the B part (Hydrogen Peroxide) is applied and allowed to sit for as long as wanted (or till dry). The box said let stand over night but the books that I read said to neutralize with dilute white vinegar so this is what I did. The photo below shows the untreated table on the left and the treated on the right. I should mention that the table on the left has less variation in tones between the pieced together maple boards than the one that was bleached, so the results are even more dramatic than the photo shows.