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Forum topic by LDO2802 posted 01-03-2018 04:44 PM 717 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2018 04:44 PM

I just finished turning some pieces for a chess board. I utilized African Mahogany for the black pieces. So here is my question: What is a good stain that will darken A. Mahogany? I dipped on scrap piece in the minwax ebony stain and it did next to nothing to it. I put another in a provincial 211 and still nothing really. I don’t want to use paint, but I do want it to be darker and I don’t know if the density of the wood is affecting it. Should I put on more layers and hope for the best?

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 04:49 PM

Dye will probably work better than a stain especially minwax.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 06:00 PM

Try India ink. It will get pretty close to an ebony.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 07:25 PM

I have used general finishes ebony dye with success.

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 08:12 PM

You could try ebonizing with an iron acetate solution (rusty steel wool in vinegar)

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#5 posted 01-03-2018 08:29 PM

I have some black aniline powdered dye
I bought from Woodworker’s Supply. Works
great. I also add it to stains to get the base
color darker.

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 10:20 PM

I would suggest a dye. I’ve had much success with RIT fabric dye

-- Ronald Coone, Expression Woodworks Inc.

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#7 posted 01-03-2018 10:29 PM

Do you have any black Rustoleum paint? Thin it with paint thinner and try that.

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 12:57 AM

I will try a few of these. Thanks

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