Tool Cart/Ebonizing Experiment

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Project by OhhCrap posted 04-04-2011 10:18 PM 1589 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting a roll around tool cart for the mechanical tools for some time, but could never quite bring myself to forking over the several hundreds of dollars for a good one, knowing I could build something just as good for about 1/2 the cost. I’ve also had an itch to experiment with ebonizing wood, so I thought the two would be a fun thing to do last week.

The drawer pulls were make from red oak and ebonized quite nicely with rusty vinegar. The bead board was big box oriental hard wood of some species, which basically repelled the vinegar solution. I found a nice article on Popular Woodworking (July 2009 by Brian Boggs) which called for using Bark Tea.

Got my hands on some and a little play time, and voila, ebonized wood.

Nothing special about the construction of the box, basic AC plywood, leftover oak from another project and a scrap of laminate for the top. Shellac and tung oil finish.

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 11:20 PM

it looks really good! I near bout wish I did not have a metal one so I could make one, but I got my tool cart for free just had to do a good bit of fixer up on it

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 11:30 PM

Really slick. I like it a lot.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 11:47 PM

Handsome piece of tool cart.

Plus, snap-on´s don´t carry ebonized pulls, lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 04:21 AM

Nice looking cart and an attractive finish – good combination of color.

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 05:09 AM

Very nice. Wish I had time to work on something for me.
Like the ebonizing idea.

-- It's easy when you know how. Ontario, Canada

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