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Forum topic by Alexl posted 01-21-2021 12:11 AM 473 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Alexl

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01-21-2021 12:11 AM

My parents found a buffet sideboard at a local furniture store. They loved the look but not the quality and asked if I could recreate something similar. The buffet has natural elm top and doors, but the carcass/frame is a closed grain wood(presumably birch or maple) colored almost stark black. I typically leave all my pieces natural colored so am a novice at coloring. What would be the best way to go about this? I would prefer to stay away from lacquer due to cold weather and no indoor spray booth that would be safe. My preference would be a water-base topcoat sprayed such as GF High Performance


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SMP

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 12:23 AM

Well, white oak and walnut ebonize really nicely. I like ebonizing these as if done thoroughly you can still sand it etc if needed.

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Alexl

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 01:06 AM



Well, white oak and walnut ebonize really nicely. I like ebonizing these as if done thoroughly you can still sand it etc if needed.

- SMP

I have considered running an open grain such as ash or red/white oak past them to see if they are ok with that look

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SuperCubber

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 01:11 AM

You can try India ink. I used it to dye birch plywood on an aquarium stand I made. It worked very well. It should be in my projects.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 02:26 AM

Walnut ebonizes beautifully with vinegar and steel wool solution and can be used in place of the much more expensive true ebony. Here is a good example.

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Don’t forget to check out the blog about the ebonizing process here and watch the video to see just how easy it works.

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Walker

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 04:43 AM

Ebonizing is a fun process, but if you were just looking for a quick color then General Finishes Gel Stain is very easy. One coat of the black is pretty damn stark. Two coats… “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.”

-- ~Walker

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Alexl

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 05:03 PM

Thanks everyone, all of these options look great. I am also considering punching the easy button and spraying GF Enduro black poly/clear poly as applicable.

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#7 posted 01-21-2021 10:04 PM



Thanks everyone, all of these options look great. I am also considering punching the easy button and spraying GF Enduro black poly/clear poly as applicable.

- Alexl


This is a good choice. Havent used that product, I used Target em6500 black lacquer. One thing to watch out for is bridging or filling of the wood pores. It just depends on the finished look you are after. True black is difficult to find in a dye, what I usually color with. A black gel stain would be another potion.

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 10:14 PM

Is this close enough?

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#9 posted 01-27-2021 10:29 PM

If you want the grain to still show some, black water soluble dyes, such as Lockwood MCW52 dye works great. Alternatively, Minwax sells a “true black” oil based dye that works well.

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#10 posted 01-27-2021 11:16 PM

I use india ink for many maple and pine things, but since it is alcohol based care is needed when top coating.
I’ve had great results on BB ply with cheap flat black spray paint topped with poly.

I’m sure the various stains and dyes will also work well.

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Loren

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#11 posted 01-27-2021 11:51 PM

I’ve used J.E. Moser’s black aniline dye for ebonizing and found it forgiving and versatile with excellent results.

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#12 posted 01-28-2021 07:51 PM

I use Feibings leather dye for ebonizing. Very black.

-- Darrel

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