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Okami 06-22-2013 03:38 AM

Ebonizing walnut or oak
I'm wondering if anyone has tried ebonizing (Randy?)
I'm not planning on doing it right now, but i often like to add contrasts to furniture I make. Ebony is great, but getting harder to find and of course is priced accordingly with that in mind.
Maybe a dye process is another option?

Corwin 06-22-2013 05:25 AM

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It's been some time ago, but I've used India Ink on some oak before. Turned out very black. Had to match some kitchen cabinets.

Here's another method that uses tea, vinegar and steel wool:

Sta2lt 06-22-2013 05:52 AM

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I used India Ink also, on Pine. I sprayed Target Coatings 9300 flat clear over the ink, the overall effect was very nice.

jessecloud 06-22-2013 08:36 PM

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Here's a good link on the process:

Okami 06-23-2013 02:13 AM

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Thanks for the info guys!
I'll have to try a few of the different methods on scrap to determine what's best for me.

Poto 06-23-2013 02:28 AM

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Please report back! :popcorn:

Okami 06-23-2013 02:34 AM

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Will do:thumbsup2:
You don't mind waiting do you?:rolleyes:

RWeber 06-23-2013 03:41 AM

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India ink works, and dissolves in alcohol. To me its not a lot different than a dye, though depending on who made it, sometimes it can have a purple tinge to it.
Black dyes are the "right" answer, again it's the same thing. Who made it, how well it penetrates and covers.
I've tried several. I am as 100% sold on WD Lockwood's black as I'll ever be on any finishing product. Walnut is the perfect base for it as well (oak's open pores I think look gaudy when its black).
Heck you can do poplar with it, and after a clear coat ask people to figure out what the heck it is. It looks so black they think paint, but then you still see all the grain, what could it be?
flashintro #60 Ebony black

Sta2lt 06-23-2013 08:22 PM

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My use of India Ink should not be considered a endorsement for the product. I just got it at staples to cover the "ebony" stain I got at BORG. After I used the "ebony" stain my project looked like it had been dumped in a mud puddle. I was happy with the end result. After application of the ink it was VERY flat so it needed a top coat. Next time I will most likely try a dye in the top coat.

jessecloud 06-23-2013 10:03 PM

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Its hard to achieve a really true black. Many of the stains and dyes come out purple or blue or worse. India Ink will give you a good solid black, but it will be flat as said already.

Its also expensive, compared to dyes, but it sure is handy!

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