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  1. Curly Maply knife scale, epoxy, and Vingear Chemical Stain

    This one has a kind of fun way to chemicaly stain the wood :) Video: Depending on the Tannin content the wood can either grey out, or turn totally black (oak), or not do a whole lot at all. Fun to play with :) The stain in apple cider vinegar (1 jar) to a couple ultra fine steel wool pads...
  2. EBONIZED PINE COFFEE TABLE, RECLAIMED LUMBER

    So I tried the steel wool / vinegar darkening method that I read about on LJ on this table. It's 23 X 52 X 24. I read that some sort of tea is used after the vinegar is dry. Well, I used coffee instead. Thought it was fitting for a coffee table. I am fairly happy with the results. I even...
  3. Starburst mirror

    Starburst made from our old cedar fence boards. Each "ray" comes to a point at the back of the mirror. Finished with a steel wool and vinegar stain followed by satin lacquer. I should have taken more process photos!
  4. EBONIZED PINE END TABLE, RECLAIMED LUMBER

    My second attempt at the steel wool / vinegar darkening method that I read about on LJ on this table. Length: 23" Width: 22.25" Height: 27" This whole table is made from reclaimed lumber. The top came from a 100+ year old house that collapsed. The 6 X 6 legs are scrap from a house my...
  5. Wooden Crates

    Made crates for the daughter's "room remodel". Made about 8 out of cedar and used the steel wool in vinegar treatment to get the rustic look.
  6. Parallel Clamp Cleaning Rack

    I made this clamp cleaning rack out of a 2×4 and some 1.5" PVC pipe! This method works wonderfully to remove built up glue and gunk on your clamps. My cleaning solution is white vinegar. And hour of soak time and your clamps can be wiped clean with a scotchbright pad. I have a step-by-step...
  7. Jar Candle Liner and Accessories - Snowflakes

    This is a tray and charm set for those of you who use Yankee-type jar candles and want them to be a bit more decorative than the stock labels they come with. It is the first of a series of monthly designs I will be doing (some months will have multiple designs) and consists of a scroll sawn...
  8. Home Made Stain From Steel Wool and Vinegar

    Here I want to share the dirt cheap home-made stain I used on the two country kitchen credenzas I just finished. You get the home made stain made by soaking a steel wood pad in white vinager and a bit of balsamic vinager (to get it darker) for three weeks. On this particular project I added one...
  9. END TABLES AND TV STAND FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENT

    Well, here is the latest project out of the garage shop. These we made from native red oak with minwax red oak stain and poly. Two end table 18"x24"x24" the TV stand is 20"x48"x24". It's all pocket hole construction. To top it all off we used an opaque solid surface to protect the tops...
  10. First Coffee Table (japanese inspired)

    Hey Jocks, I'm a new woodworker. This is my first ever coffee table build. Built out of box store pine. The legs are laminated 2×4s, finish on top is pre-conditioner, then apple cider vinegar + steel wool coat (see underside of table) then Provincial stain and one coat of Poly. Legs are white...
  11. Growth chart #7

    Another growth chart done, this one was a little simpler. Started with a pine board and once the numbers were carved down and the writing was carved I stained it with tea and hit it with vinegar and steel wool to age it. It turned a nasty grey that I didn't like much so I sanded it back so it...
  12. Barnwood Karate Belt Holder

    This karate belt holder was requested from a friend for Christmas. I finally delivered it yesterday. I hope they enjoy it. The construction is very basic. The wood is from a barn in Maryland. I cleaned up the boards with several light passes through the planer on the show side. On the...
  13. Hand Carved Welcome Sign, Vinegar and Steel wool stain finish

    Here is my latest hand carved sign. This time I wanted to darken the pine, so I used a vinegar and steel wool stain that I had mixed up about 5-6 months ago. I did perform a test on a piece of scrap and it produced a wonderful brown colour. Here you see how the stain reacted with the white...
  14. Beetle kill rustic corner cabinet

    After looking at furniture stores and either not being happy with quality or blown away by price, I decided to build this out of blue pine. To darken it I used the vinegar/steel wool concoction. I used the Minwax single coat poly from Lowe's and applied it with a foam brush. Since it's a rustic...
  15. Finishing
    I am currently using steel wool and vinager to stain wood for the top of my coffee table. I am using white pine that has dried for years! I let my steel wool sit for over 3 days and strained it. I brew black tea and painted my wood with the tea mixture. I then let it slightly dry and put on the...
  16. Finishing
    Hi y'all, I'm new to this site and forums in general. I've accidentally dyed my whole floor purple, I had it sanded professionally then I applied a steel wool and vinegar stain to the wood hoping for a light grey. I didn't test patch, I didn't water down, I should have, we all make mistakes...
  17. Finishing
    Hey everyone, I really appreciate all the information I've found so far on this forum. I have a LOT more to learn, but hopefully can help others in the future. I have some edge glued 5/4 pine that someone wanted the good 'ol vinegar + steel wool treatment on, so I volunteered to do it since I...
  18. Finishing
    I'll preface by stating that I'm a novice to woodworking and furniture repair, as you will learn shortly, so any advice will be greatly appreciated! I purchased a stand-alone kitchen cabinet with a "butcher block" top second hand about 6 weeks ago. I'm a bit of a clean freak, so the first thing...
  19. Blogs
    Attempt #1 - Steel Wool and Vinegar Woodworking I am fairly comfortable with. All this new technology stuff, I am not. This is my first blog entry…ever….anywhere. I have been a member here and on a few other forums (of varying interests) for a number of years but I've never been a...
  20. Blogs
    essential oils distillation apparatus Hi all, In this series I will showcase some hardware stuff I will build along the way to produce my own natural wood stains. Having pursued that Masters Degree in Physics AND Chemistry enabled me to dig rather deep into the mechanisms behind color and the...
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