Making Stain

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  1. ManyHammers

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    We are using 0000 steel wool in just enough water to submerge it and we added almost equal parts vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.

    Should be nice and black when its done.
     
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    Please let us know how it turns out
     
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    Yes, please do. I have a few bits of steel to blacken...
     
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    Are you looking to dye the handle black? If you are you could always try some steel wool in vinegar and let sit till the wool is dissolved. Brew up some super strong black tea. Put the black tea on the wood, wait for it to dry, then put on the "vinegaroon". Then rub down with paste wax, BLO, or Danish oil. It will give you a nice antique finish. I have used this on various old style tool chests I build with good results. Depending on the wood you will end up with a light gray to black finish.

    The vinegaroon also is used to dye leather a jet black and does a good job at that.
     
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    I make my own stain as well. I just use vinegar and whatever carbon steel I have on hand. It works fantastic! I am able to get pine to a dark red colour.
     
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    I came up with this recipe by accident,I was drying a bunch of little oak blocks and I threw in a paper towel I had wrapped around an axe head I was forcing a patina on. Turned the oak black. Hopefully we get to try it on a scrap piece of hickory today.

    It would be nice to have black walnut shells to boil too.
     
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    A mixture of Potassium Permaganate, rusty steel wool, and water makes a nice deep red-brown stain. It needs to work off for a few days to get the full effect. It’ll need a few coats because it doesn’t penetrate very deep into the wood at first.
     
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    I forgot about that stuff,that would have been a bit better!
     
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    Well that didn’t work as expected,however when I applied the solution to oak it reacted and stained it dark even though it was a clearish solution. On kiln dried oak it looks gray and weathered on sort of fresh oak it’s black. Hickory turned gray.

    Ditched that batch. More to come.
     
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    I made rust,I dried and crushed it into a fine powder.

    I’m going to mix it with linseed oil and apply it on a handle I’m making. Red Ochre is what I’m thinking I have come up with.
     
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    after trying several vinegaroon / faux aging experiments, I had discovered: just after it dries, warming it with a propane torch really darkens it up drastically (if someone is looking to go dark). I don't mean burning/woodburning the wood, just giving a big burst of warmth to the wood. ymmv

    the only wood I got to go full-on black using vinegaroon was particle board
     
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    Using vinegroon requires adding tannins to the wood to get it to react (the use of extra-strong black tea suggested by @Greebe above is spot on), and the results can be beautiful, like this hammer handle:
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    ...or a "meh" greyish color, making me break out the torch to add color.
    Any method of the groon raises the grain, so be prepared for some more sandpaper time after it dries and the whiskers rise up (you know this, sorry).
     

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