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    How Do You Ebonize Wood...

    How do you ebonize wood? Anybody got any info on this. What wood does it work best on? Appreciate any info you can provide.

    thanks,
    Corey

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    I have read that if you take viniger and schreaded steelwool and put it in a container for a week or so it forms a brown solution that will ebonise wood. I am also told that woods like walnut work best. I have never tried it but thats what I've been told..
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    Corey,
    I have done a few projects in oak and walnut with the recipie seen here:

    http://www.joewoodworker.com/ruststain.htm

    Works well - just remember to wash the steel wool!

    Good luck,

    Wes

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    Thanks guys. Wes, that recipe looks like the ticket. Thanks,

    Corey

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    another method is plain ol` india ink.......tod
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    Tod, good idea. That would be a little quicker.

    Corey

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    Corey, I have used the steel wool and vinegar thing, I have used stove or lamp black, and I have used Rustoleum! A thinned coat of Rustoleum or other black paint can go a long way to ebonizing, and if you want it really black, don't thin the paint!

    Bill
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    www.wonderfulwood.com

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    Thanks Bill, all pretty easy solutions.

    Corey

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    Analine dye works well also

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