Grandpa's home made recipe

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07-29-2014 01:23 PM

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My grandad made his own wood stain that had a beautiful red tint to it. The only part of this recipe we now for sure he used was coffee grounds. We still have hundreds of empty cans in the barn now reused for everything you can think of. I would love to make this stain to match all the beautiful pine planked boards that he had used in our farm i’m hoping some of you lumberjacks might have a family recipe you would share.

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 02:54 AM

Coffee grounds mixed with white vinegar and a very, very tiny amount of steel wool will give you a brown color when the vinegar reacts with the tannins in the wood. You have to experiment on scrap wood to adjust the color. Replacing the coffee grounds with tea grounds and the very small amount of steel wool will give you a more reddish color. All of these mixtures have to be adjusted to your eye for color. Do not overdue the steel wool, only use a couple of small strands the size of a hair.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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