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Project by John Ormsby posted 1888 days ago 3605 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted these to show a sample of ebonized walnut with lightly white washed maple & Poly finish.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca





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Popeye Jr.

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#1 posted 1888 days ago

very appealling to the eye, looks great. What does ebonized walnut mean? I’m not familiar with that.

-- People who say it cannot be done should not interup those who are doing it

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kolwdwrkr

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#2 posted 1888 days ago

Very nice! You did a great job on this piece. Thanks for sharing.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1888 days ago

I’m wondering about ebonizing walnut too??

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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John Ormsby

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#4 posted 1888 days ago

Ebonizing is just a fancy word for dyeing or staining wood black. I use aneline dyes and other ink products to achieve this. Others use different techniques. Thus, the word ebonize is used. It is simple to do. However, make sure you put on some old clothes and something round where you will be working if you want to keep it clean. Any staining will be permanent on what it touches. I basically apply heavy amounts on the wood wipe it off and let it dry. More is applied if needed. One must be careful not to let it form a film on the surface as it can cause finish delamination. Then apply sealers and a finish. I usually spray the final coat.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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interpim

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#5 posted 1888 days ago

Thank you for posting this, my wife loves the effect…

Can you give a more detailed description of how you come to this final finish?

-- San Diego, CA

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savannah505

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#6 posted 1888 days ago

Good looking piece. I’ve never “ebonized” wood before to use in furniture making (I like real ebony), but I use black leather dye on granite, where it is porous and has very small holes or veining that looks like small cracks, but is just part of the stone. Black leather dye will work very well. Wear gloves.

-- Dan Wiggins

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John Ormsby

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#7 posted 1888 days ago

All of the pieces are cut, fit and pre-assembled. Then they are taken apart and finished. Then they are re-assembled and given a couple of finish coats. Sometimes pieces are assembled and not given more coats. It depends on design and finished look factors.
This particular mantle was finished with polyurethane spray.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Todd Thomas

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#8 posted 1887 days ago

cool looking mantel…..great looking finish

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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mrtrim

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#9 posted 1887 days ago

thats one of the coolest mantles ive seen in a long time ! great job . is this your own design ?

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cabinetmaster

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#10 posted 1887 days ago

Great looking Mantle. I like that procedd and the finish. Job well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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tenontim

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#11 posted 1887 days ago

I’m pretty selective on Art Deco stuff, but this is really nice. Very well done. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1887 days ago

HI John;

This is really beautiful.

You seem to have balanced the combination perfectly.

The design is outstanding.

Lee

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1887 days ago

Very rich & beautiful!!! I love the Art Deco style. You did a great job on this mantle.

-- Dennis Zongker

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blackcherry

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#14 posted 1887 days ago

First rate in design and craftsmanship…thanks for posting Blkcherry

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 1887 days ago

A real eye catching piece of art ! Wish it were miine : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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