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  • How to Ebonize wood...

    I got this Ebonizing recipe with a pattern...

    This solution works on Aromatic cedar, Butternut, Cherry, Mahogany, Oak, Walnut and Maple...(but does not work on Poplar)...

    Put a cource steelwool pad in a plastic jar with a plastic lid, this is best to use because the lid won’t rust. Add enough ordinary Vinegar to cover the steelwool and loosely cap. Set aside for a day or two. Strain the vinegar throught a cloth, don’t squeeze the vinegar out of the pad or you may get bits of metal in the liquid, which will rust.

    Brush on the vinegar solution, the wood will turn black resembling ebony.

    Note: The wood must be sanded as the solution dosen't work well on planed wood..

    Diluting the solution with water creates a lighter shade...

    Trout
    Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
    Fish are food, not friends!

  • #2
    It does work on poplar.

    Dip it in tea first.

    I'm not joking, try it on a scrap piece.

    Regards,
    Marcel
    http://marleb.com
    DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

    NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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    • #3
      There is a photo of a black lab clock in my gallery that was ebonized red oak.
      Heres a good place to learn all sorts of great ideas to play with on wood http://www.macsimmons.com/macsnotebookindex.html dale
      Dale w/ yella saws

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      • #4
        the only reason I posted this...

        I was reading the painting thread and Rolf replied saying that SSW was going to have a article about ebonizing in an up coming issue and that Canadian Scroller was planning on doing a project using this technique...

        I'm just hoping that my wife sent my subscription in on time for me to get that issue so I can learn more about it too..

        The recipe came with my Striped bass pattern and I wanted to stay true to the pattern so I tried it and that's how I found that it doesn't take to poplar..

        Trout
        Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
        Fish are food, not friends!

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        • #5
          Hi Trout

          Have you seen this thread?

          Gill
          There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
          (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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          • #6
            Thanks Gill

            you know that thread you referred to started the day I joined this group...
            and I'm sure with a group like this the topic has been discussed many times...

            Trout
            Hawk G-4 Jetcraft
            Fish are food, not friends!

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            • #7
              Alternate colouring methods

              Years ago I met a Swedish Master Carver in Langford BC.
              He made all his own dies and stains. He mentioned using everything from vinegar to walnut husks.
              I came upon this site today and want to pass it on.
              There are some great alternate colouring ideas. One of them I have used already, shoe polish. I used a brown shoe polish to rub on some carved and painted Santas I did once,. The effect was a great patina making them look old and folksy.
              CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
              "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
              Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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              • #8
                GREAT link Carl!!!! Thanks.
                Kevin
                Scrollsaw Patterns Online
                Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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                • #9
                  fading

                  Does anyone know if ebonizing a project will it fade after a certain period of time or will it maintain it darkness ?
                  Irish

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                  • #10
                    Irish,
                    I don't think it will fade. The vinegar solution soaks into the wood as a stain would. If anything, I think it will get darker with age.
                    Kevin
                    Scrollsaw Patterns Online
                    Making holes in wood with an EX-30, Craftsman 16" VS, Dremel 1680 and 1671

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                    • #11
                      I have used this very same technique in the past, I got the reciepe from Woodcrafters magazine, I used it to stain a black bear project for a lady way back when I first started to scroll, the effect was great
                      Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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                      • #12
                        making a brew of ebonizer to use this weekend on a wolf I am doing can't wait to see how it turns out
                        Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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                        • #13
                          Hello;Just signed on to this sight and it looks really interesting. Does anyone out there have an R B I scrollsaw and if so are you able to do anything about vibration at the higher speeds? I do a lot of intersia, any thoughts or tricks of the trade for this type of work? Has anyone ever taken a class from Judy Gail Roberts and if so what did you think of it? Cork.

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