Black galaxy granite with red dyed ebony pedestal

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Project by savannah505 posted 1974 days ago 2731 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some ebony veneer with a lot of light brown with the black, and decided to experiment a bit with some red dye on it. The tests came out better than I thought and so I thought I would try this piece using it. I came up with the idea after seeing the jewelry box a few months ago done by “Bibb” titled “red pagoda”.
So I want to thank him for the inspiration. As with most projects that all of us post, the pictures don’t do it justice, the black galaxy granite has beautiful copperish gold colored specks or flakes that really stand out against the black. I put an oil lamp in front to show the reflection I obtained, using 12 coats of deft laquer, and buffed with polishing compounds to a high gloss. I use a buffmaster, with 2 different automotive compounds by 3m on a wool pad, and then a foam pad for final polish. The compounds are – 3m superduty, and then the final is 3m finesse-it ll. I sand to 220 and then switch to the compounds and buff out. I always spray with guns, and never out of cans, more control that way and better application of the material. I placed a layer of cork on the bottom to protect any floor it may be put on. Next time I would shoot with automotive urethane for better build up, which should only take about 3 coats to get the same results. I biscuit jointed the granite to the veneered plywood, using a biscuit joiner on the ply, and then cutting the slots in the granite with a diamond blade on a grinder by hand. This got a little tricky, and had to re-cut a couple of times on some of the slots when dry fitting to get that good flush fit, then used epoxy to glue it all together. Hope you all enjoy this, and I hope it encourages more of you to combine stone with your wood if you can.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#1 posted 1974 days ago

Interesting idea. Thanks for posting it. Looks great.

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

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#2 posted 1974 days ago

I think it came out beautiful. Love the idea behind it!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 1974 days ago

Dan that looks great! That ebony veneer works great with the granite and the finish looks like glass.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 1974 days ago

Looks great Dan. I love the finish. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 1974 days ago

looks great. I want to be that talented. Someday I hope. I guess my talent is in cutting my fingers up. LOL

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#6 posted 1974 days ago

been waiting to see the project,after you telling me what you had planned to do with the veneer, AWESOME looking,great job on dying the veneer,looks nothing like what i sold you,your talent is amazing, just a note to all other LU JOCKS, Veneer , wood and stone endless to what your talent can do.
thanks dan for sharing

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#7 posted 1974 days ago

That is very cool. I really love the depth of the color. I think that there is a whole world of possibilities out there that many of us have been afraid to try because it is out of our comfort zone. My next two tone project will use a cobalt blue over black when I find the right piece of wood.
Thank you for the kind words but I must admit that my inspiration came from the world of guitar makers. Those guys are way out there!
Al (Bibb)

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#8 posted 1973 days ago

Outstanding. Amazing finish!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 1973 days ago

Great Job Dan I love it !!! The finish makes this whole project POP.

Job Well done my friend!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 1973 days ago

Dan- the two materials together look really, really super.

Thanks for posting

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#11 posted 1973 days ago

It would be hard to put this fine work on a pedestal since it is one. most Unique.


-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 1973 days ago

Creative beautiful design. Well done. The red adds real power to the piece. Cool….....

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 1973 days ago

You are amazing , Dan ! The colors bring so much life and movement to an otherwise stationary piece of art .That finish is spectacular : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 1972 days ago

Great finish and an interesting job of red dye in ebony veneer. Right beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#15 posted 1972 days ago

Hi Dan;

No wonder I haven’t heard from you. You have been working! Who’d have thought?

I’m glad to finally get the chance to see this. You’re right about the red dye looking great on the ebony.

This project, on a scale of 1 – 10 is somewhere around a 14!

But then, I would expect nothing less, after having gotten to know you!

The combination of stone and wood is beautiful, as is the finish you achieved.

Great job,


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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