Art Deco Mantel

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Project by John Ormsby posted 02-14-2009 04:11 AM 5383 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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#1 posted 02-14-2009 04:42 AM

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

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#2 posted 02-14-2009 04:49 AM

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

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#3 posted 02-14-2009 06:08 AM

I’m wondering about ebonizing walnut too??

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 06:24 AM

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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#5 posted 02-14-2009 06:41 AM

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?

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 06:45 AM

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.

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#7 posted 02-14-2009 07:08 AM

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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#8 posted 02-14-2009 12:13 PM

cool looking mantel…..great looking finish

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#9 posted 02-14-2009 12:40 PM

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

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#10 posted 02-14-2009 02:57 PM

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

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#11 posted 02-14-2009 03:15 PM

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

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#12 posted 02-14-2009 04:26 PM

HI John;

This is really beautiful.

You seem to have balanced the combination perfectly.

The design is outstanding.


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#13 posted 02-14-2009 06:45 PM

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

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 02-14-2009 09:06 PM

First rate in design and craftsmanship…thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#15 posted 02-14-2009 09:17 PM

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

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