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    Sometime back, there was some discussion about darkening oak. I have used the search and found something about fuming with ammonia, but I think there was another method using vinegar.
    I have a suspicion it may have been lost in the software change.
    Any guidance appreciated.
    Jim
    When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
    Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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    Is this too dark?
    Ebonizing Wood - FineWoodworking
    Scott
    Creator of fine designer sawdust.

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    • #3
      Might be. I am going to be making a sign using oak plywood and I think I may want the background a tone other than the oak. May explore other veneers as well.
      Jim
      When looking at the clock at work--the correct time is:
      Too early to leave, too late to call in.

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      • #4
        Hi Jim - a long while back I did a series of ebonizing tests using the steel wool and vinegar method on a variety of woods. On white oak the color turns out to be a light grey. On red oak its a much darker grey black. To get the best out of ebonizing i.e. the blackest coloration the wood needs t o be high in natural tanin. Woods for example like mahogany give a rich black coloration.

        Its a simple enough procedure to try and experiment with to see what sort of a result you get. Alternatively you could always use a stain.
        Jim in Mexico

        Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
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        • #5
          I've had very good luck using the oven. The wood does soften, but with oak, that usually isn't a problem. It also darkens all the way through.

          Here is a flash from the past where I show some puzzle boxes made with oven darkened oak.

          https://forum.scrollsawer.com/forum/...2-puzzle-boxes

          Here is another link to an article on this from fine woodworking:
          https://www.finewoodworking.com/2010...he-way-through
          Last edited by hotshot; 03-09-2021, 05:35 PM.
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