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I've been experimenting with Ebonizing different woods naturally. Through trial and error I have arrived at a good technique. First I let some steel wool sit in vinegar for a few days then I make a jar of really strong black tea and cool it. I saturate the wood with the tea first to elevate the tannin level (if needed - online data bases will show you the Ph of different woods). Once the wood is dried with the tannin treatment I saturate it with the vinegar solution and it immediately starts to darken but need to be left overnight for the best results. The next day I just rinse the wood off and (if you are using veneer) flatten it under anything flat with weights and let dry. The wood is ready for working.

This is a 1.738" wide bangle with Ebonized Karelian Birch and a Zebrawood Lining. All steamed and bent. Using Gorilla Glue for the bonding and Behlen Wood Turner's Finish, 3 treatments then micro-mesh polishing. I finish it off with Behlen Lacquer Topcoat.

Man I wish the pics were better, it's really hard to photograph figuring but the Birch ebonized is the BOMB.

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Really beautiful. I almost think the interior needs to be on the outside as well or perhaps as its own piece. Great description of the work required to attain such a piece.
 

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I have made a few with Zebrawood: here's one on a Stainless core. My wife reacted to this last Double-wide creation very favorably (she's my test lady). So I will probably be making several models of the double-wide with different woods for custom order at etsy. and YES Zebrawood alone will be very nice. I will be sure to do that as well. Thanks for your comments cmmyyakman.

 

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Beautiful.

Bob.
 

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Love the ebonite birch. Great work.
 

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nicely done, interested in your process, will have to try that sometime, as I mainly use birch for my projects, Basically free, I cut it fro my own place and sawmill it myself.
 

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@ Bushmaster : I would love to see a much larger piece with this treatment! I am not a reliable carpenter or cabinet maker, I just have never been taught. I'd be glad to share IN DETAIL whenever you are ready. First thing you need to know is that most white distilled vinegars are already a 5% solution. You do not need to dilute any further. Get a
jump on it by corroding some steel wool in a jar of vinegar and just leave it. (no need to ever remove the Steel wool.)
 
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