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Forum topic by PaulfromVictor posted 05-25-2013 08:13 PM 970 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PaulfromVictor

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05-25-2013 08:13 PM

I want to use steel nails in red oak to create black stains, or even better black streaks at the spot of the nails. I think over time this would happen naturally, but I want to accelerrate it. If I were to wet the nails with water, or tea, or vinegar, would any of these create black spots? I also don’t want to corrode the nails and ruin it either, so if I were to use vinegar or something else, do I need to be concerned about neutralizing it somehow after it is done?


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#1 posted 05-25-2013 08:51 PM

I am just guessing so try this on a piece of scrap first: put the steel nails in vinegar for a few days and then drive the nails into your red oak.

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 08:54 PM

good question, I think Misterbill has a good idea, maybe want to sand the galvanize off the nials first and put in in a jar of water outside for a day or 3, might help get the rust started?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 09:30 PM

what about putting a drop of vinegar on each nail after it is in the wood?

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#4 posted 05-25-2013 11:28 PM

use stain, or Indian Ink and an eye dropper, artists paintbrush to apply.

punch the nail through the face leaving as much dent/countersinking, then remove nail, stain the hole, sand out the edge to “blend”….

? just a thought

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 01:22 AM

Christopher Schwarz is big on clinching cut nails and has a source of newly made ones. They are non galvanized thus, may be your best source. Also “Flexnor on Finishing” or Charles Neal, the noted finishing experts, might tell you exactly how to do it pight away??

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 02:05 AM

Funny you should ask. This past week I did the same thing with cut nails in a maple cobbler’s bench. I used a Tin Ager I picked up from KennedyHardware.com . This stuff works great. I used the cut nails and hammered them into place and then took a cotton swab and wetted the nails in place and in a couple of days, the tops of the nails and the surrounding wood had stained a dark bluish green, just as I wished.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 04:30 AM

think black and white

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 04:34 AM

it should belong

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 03:23 PM

Thanks for your replies. Lots of great responses. I am going to try some test boards with these ideas.

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 04:55 PM

Try this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 02:32 PM

Be curious to see how this worked out Paul.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#12 posted 05-30-2013 04:04 AM

especially if you know the answer

: )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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