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Jonicus

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548 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: help ebonized birch birch refinishing finishing restoration project

Hi Everyone. This is my first time here. I have a restoration project ahead of me and it is a 1950’s Milo Baughmen dining table. I will be restoring it to its former beauty as a gift for my mother. The top is made of rose wood, oak and birch. The sides and legs are of ebonized birch and that’s where I am in trouble. I don’t know what will be the best way to do this. I am just starting the project and I have a little time before I will get to that part. I am grateful for any and all help/ advice with this project. I plan to update as I go along as well. The first two pictures are a before the restoration and the end goal. Thanks again.


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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 545 days ago

I’d be tempted to go with a commercial stain. Birch is kind of soft and doesn’t have the tannins necessary for the usual ebonizing processes, but I know I’ve used a couple of dark commercial stains that’d penetrate fairly well…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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higtron

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#2 posted 545 days ago

India ink paint it on until the wood won’t absorb anymore you can buy it at a art supply store.

-- If I cut it too short I can scab a piece on, but if it's too long what do I do?

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killerb

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#3 posted 545 days ago

general finishes makes a good black water base dye. bob

-- Bob www.bobkloes.com

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ROB_IN_MN

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#4 posted 544 days ago

I agree with higtron. I’ve used india and it gets totally black. I used it on oak and it still showed the grain nicely, if that’s what you’re after.

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 544 days ago

Get a can of black Ronan Japan Color paste. Nothing will be blacker or more permanent. Thin with naptha and wipe it on. Top with any clear coat.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Jorge G.

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#6 posted 544 days ago

You can use cathecol and iron disolved in vinegar. It is what I use and it works great with any kind of wood, even pine.

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