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Forum topic by choppertoo posted 06-26-2009 01:56 AM 912 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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choppertoo

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06-26-2009 01:56 AM

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Hi guys, This is my first forum post so I hope I am puting this in the right area.

I looked at a couple of projects recently that said the finish was ebonized, the technique used on both said something about using steel wool and ?_.

If any one is familiar with this technique I would appreciate some feed back or being point to the OP.

Thanks,

choppertoo

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Marsupilami

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#1 posted 06-26-2009 02:02 AM

Dissolve steel wool in vinegar or acetic acid. When you wipe it on tannin rich woods like oak, they will turn black. You can actually “brew” oakleaves/bark to make a tannin rich tea…to wipe first on wood not rich in tannin…then apply the ebonizing solution. It will raise the grain, sand, apply some more…repeat…seal with oil.

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choppertoo

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#2 posted 06-26-2009 06:44 PM

Hmmm, thanks Marsupilami. Any clues on proportions? What type of vinegar? Leaves and bark soaked in water? Vinegar?

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#3 posted 06-26-2009 08:23 PM

I haven’t used the vinegar and steel wool method before, the smell of vinegar makes me sick.

But, I have used a method of using india ink. and minwax ebony stain to create a really black finish.

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choppertoo

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 06:43 PM

Thanks Interpim. I think that sounds like a better route for me. I purchased some india ink this weekend.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 11:09 PM

I’m with interpim. I’ve tried everything. Vinegar and st. wool has an unacceptable brown tint to it, black leather dye can be blotchy but India ink works. It even allows the grain (quarter sawn white oak) show through.
Good luck, Kimball

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 01:16 AM

I’d go the dye plus the India ink route much better results

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