|Project by Andy||posted 02-26-2016 02:05 AM||1604 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a brass hammer i made for my dad for him to work on guns with. Its made from a piece of birdseye maple turned on the lathe and 1&1/2” brass round stock and I used coffee as a stain to make the birdseye grain show up better. The only stain i had was gunstock which i dont care for and usually i dont use stain so i looked around the house and worked with what i had. Coffee, multiple coats with really really strong coffee.
I put about six scoops of coffee in about 1/4 cup of water and microwaved it, strained off the coffee grains, and got to staining. And sanding, and staining, and sanding, and staining and so on until the curl was just popping out even without finish on. So with one last sanding to make the light parts lighter for better contrast and maximum grain poppage it was done. It smelled so good but sadly that smell is gone now since its sealed in with polyurethane but the coffee effect worked out great.
-- Andy Smith https://www.etsy.com/shop/xrayhardwoods