What is the best way to ebonize wood?

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Forum topic by peteholzman posted 05-14-2011 05:48 PM 3853 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2011 05:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ebonize

For same projects as the bleaching. What is best way to ebonize, and what is best wood to start with? I’m tapping you guys for a lot of info. Thanks!

-- peteholzman

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 05:49 PM

Black ink will do the job, and it is cheap. Maple.


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#2 posted 05-14-2011 05:54 PM

I’ve used black aniline dye. It works very well.

Rusty nails and vinegar can be used on some woods successfully. I haven’t
tried that method.

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 05:55 PM

Thanks, Bill. I just realized I could look for an existing thread on this, where the questions are already answered, so no need to post here.. Thanks anyway.
I.m learning.

-- peteholzman

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 07:44 PM

I wrote a blog about it awhile back if you would like to see that. Itt is here
Ebonizing wood

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

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 10:28 PM

india ink from the craft store and a little water, its as black as it gets, it will make any wood BLACK, ,, wear gloves, its real serious about black.,, i promise

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 10:36 PM

Axminster power tools uk see them on internet sells ebonising tins of aerosol for woodturners I tried it and it works great you must be able to get it in the usa it’s fantastic. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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