"MEDIEVAL" - white oak and wrought-iron coffee table

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Project by DDDamian posted 09-15-2010 12:11 AM 4639 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another blend of metal and wood-work. The concept was a medieval piece – I wanted the wood to look like it came off a castle door. Distressed white oak, ebonized with “liquid nightmare” or steel wool disolved in vinegar to make a ferrous solution which reacts with the tannins in the oak and almost instantly blackens the piece. Finished with six coats of real tung oil. Wrought iron was clear-coated for rust protection.

Comments / inquiries welcome!

-- - before I could only dream it....

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 12:15 AM

after you applied the “liquid nightmare” did you apply anything to stop the darkening process?
Great job! i like it!

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 12:21 AM

Why, thank you sir. Nope – the oak sorta took what it wanted. I tried samples of my liquid nightmare on both red and white oak, and they reacted quite differently. Additional coatings did enhance it, but be very careful of a rust layer forming. After the second application I had to brush it down with Varsol to remove some free rust or oxide and it was fine after that.

-- - before I could only dream it....

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 12:25 AM

The harder parts of the oak (where it was less abraded) took less of the ebonizing – presumably because the grain was tighter and less free tannins were available to react. Pictures don’t show it, but this really deepened the darkness of the eroded troughs, and left the high spots a touch lighter or more natural. All in all looks very naturally weathered or aged in real life.

-- - before I could only dream it....

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 12:25 AM

Very nice! It looks very medieval, Great work!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 01:04 AM

Thanks for sharing the chemical process for your stain… great tip! This is why I keep returning to LJ! Now in my Favorites. Peace…

-- GX

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 03:33 PM

Nice table did you forge those legs in your shop ?

-- donald mee

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 03:46 PM

Thanks donaldmee – yep the legs started out as 1-1/4” square bar, forged to a taper and patterned as you see. Tried to make them look like the rough-hewn old beams once shaped with adzes and chisels, leaving behind the tell-tale ridges and gouges.

-- - before I could only dream it....

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