Commonly on Tuesday evenings we open our doors and have friends come over to work on projects or sometime just to hang out and chat about projects. This was the original project that got me started on ebonizing oak. I asked Tony to do a little write up and to take some pictures of what he made so it could be shared here. This isn’t the first oak table he has built, and hopefully won’t be his last. Tony comes up with interesting projects for our Tuesday get together and I enjoy the change of pace. Here is what he had to say:
This is a pub table I built for a Steelers fan. I like to work with oak and I needed to have a darker border due to the team’s colors. My friend Kit spotted information online regarding ebonizing wood, so we gave it a try.
I got some vinegar and tossed in a steel wool pad. I let it soak for a week. The vinegar does not change color, but do not be mislead. I applied the vinegar to the untreated oak and within an hour, it was blacked as you can see in the photo. The grain still shows very well, but the desired black color came out very nicely. Make sure all of your wood that will be ebonized came from the same batch or plank of wood. One of my oak pieces was not from the same plank as the other three sides and the black color was notably different. I ended up applying a small amount of Future floor wax to the one piece to bring the shine up to match the other three pieces.
When applying the vinegar, cover the surfaces you do not wish to blacken. When I applied the vinegar, I got some on the stainless steel diamond cut table top. It was much more difficult to remove the dried vinegar that I anticipated.