A while back I was reading about using vinegar and steel wool to ebonize wood – particularly Oaks. I took the last of the wife’s vinegar and and some steel wool threw them in an old peanut butter jar and set it on the shelf. Nothing seemed to be happening with it – don’t know what I was expecting, but even after a few days in solution there was not significant color change of the liquid. Yesterday, a fabulous day here in SOCAL by the way, I looked at the solution and noticed a bit of settling. After shaking it up to mix it the solution turned almost black. After straining it through some cheesecloth the wife dipped a couple of woods in to see what would result, interesting, very interesting. The oak that I was hoping to use it on turned a almost red after drying and was very rough. After resanding it to 220 it felt smooth again but was still and ugly color red. I decided to try some linseed oil on it to “wet” it – WOW – did that make the process worth while. The oak turned a dark black and the grain really lit up. Time for some assembly of parts to see if it contrasts with the other oak parts well. Once the clock’s is assembled I’ll post some pictures of all 12 using various woods and finishing processes
Have a great day out there.
-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh