Quicker Ebonizing Solution

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  1. Jon Spelbring

    Jon Spelbring

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    I've been working on some oak pieces, and ran out of my old steel wool ebonising solution. I was also out of steel wool. I decided to try an experiment - instead of steel wool, I used a magnet to pick up all of the dust/filings at my grinder. I added them to white vinegar, and voila! A clean grinder station, and nice, dark ebonising solution in less than 24 hours. I *think* it was faster to make because the dust was so fine.

    Anyway, there's my tip: recycle your tool grinding dust into ebonising juice.
     
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    Hmmm, what the human mind can achieve! Pick up the dust with a coffee filter on the magnet- remove the magnet and the dust falls off.
    Have to try it. Something new in color as I have lots of pecan and oak.

    My parents used to live in Belleville.
     
  3. Bill Boehme

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    A very clever win-win solution. :)
     
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    I just use dyes or inks. I have much more control over the color than trying ebonizing solutions.
     
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    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Like John, If I want black it is hard to beat marine Corp black leather dye.
    However is can be fun to experiment with oaks using the iron stains and some of the fuming techniques.

    I may try your suggestion. I have a stash of oak an lots of steel on the magnets attached to my grinder to catch them.
     
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