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Forum topic by giser3546 posted 10-21-2014 05:53 PM 701 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2014 05:53 PM

I just came across a fairly simple video showing how to make a water based stain from walnut husks. The idea of making my own stain goes along perfectly with how painfully cheap I am so I thought I’d give it a try. However, while this just so happens to be the right season to find walnuts it also happens to be a terrible year for any nuts here in Alabama with no walnuts, acorns, or pecans anywhere in sight. Has anyone had any luck with making stain? I have looked up a few things but they seem to be more like “lets put coffee on wood and see what happens” where I’m looking for maybe a more tried and true method.

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 06:18 PM

Black ebonizing stain can be made by putting nails
in water to rust. The black oxide produced is
potently dark.

I have made dark brown stain by dissolving roof
patch cement in mineral spirits. It’s a good
stain. Asphaltum.

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 07:30 PM

Shredded steel wool in white vinegar is another way to do the black oxide stain but the wool needs to be free of oil.

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 07:35 PM

Charcoal makes nice stain. Any hickory nut? We are just opposite of you; it has been raining acorn.


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#4 posted 10-21-2014 08:42 PM

Hickory nut are rare, to find on the side of the street anyway. I do have some walnut shell polishing medium as a part of a vibrating bullet case polisher I don’t use too often anymore. The increased surface area from the small pieces (about 1 cm cubed) may make the process go faster but if I have to use more than a cup or so it makes more sense to just go buy stain.

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