"Ebonized Pine" Bandsaw Box

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Project by James posted 06-08-2009 05:13 AM 7106 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the poor man’s version of ebonizing wood!

10 parts water to 1 part black latex paint
brush on
sand down raised grain
seal it up

I almost got in trouble with this because the water made my drawers expand and I had to sand them back down to a very snug fit. The result is pretty decent for pine in my opinion. The wood is purplish-black and the grains and nots took on a gold color. Pretty cool for just goofing around with different finish techniques. This has one coat of poly on it and will receive probably 2 more and a good paste wax.

I am going to test this out with other woods and see what happens, although I doubt it will do much for hardwoods.

Please feel free to comment, good or bad!

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 05:27 AM

Wonderful design hackman! I know it wasn’t meant this way but when I first looked at photo number two I couldn’t help but think of my Black Labrador. As we are getting ready for bed each night I often see two inquiring eyes and a nose peeking over the bed waiting for an invitation to come up and sleep at our feet. The drawer pulls look like his eyes and nose (see my photo to left).

At first I thought this was the custom wood called Alowood that Rockler carries until I read your text. A great job using a much less expensive wood.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 06-08-2009 06:42 AM

Yep, you’re definitely addicted. Great job and pretty cool experimenting.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 06:50 AM

well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 12:17 PM

Might I add My comment ,,the edges of the face of the drawers and the openings might look a little better IMHO if they were rounded over more. Also if you add a small piece of felt at the back of the drawer to position the drawer in line with the front of the box. The ‘poor mans’ ebonizing works well to change the perception of the box. A lining of flocking would finish the whole look.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 06-08-2009 02:47 PM

Nice experiment gone right.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-05-2009 05:11 AM

It reminds me of E.T. somehow : )

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

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