FUMING WITH HOUSEHOLD AMMONIA
A simple trick to darken white oak.
SHOP OWNER: Craig Daymon
LOCATION: Lakemoor, IL
Here is a picture of a white oak candlestick I turned around the end of last year. The stripe running through it is yellowheart. The candlestick was placed in a 40 gallon Igloo cooler along with a tray of household ammonia and sealed for about 12 hours. Afterwards, it aired out for about a day or two and then it was finished with Watco Natural Danish Oil.
The piece of wood next to it was from the same boards as the candlestick but was not fumed. It also received a coat of Watco for comparison. There is greater contrast between the two pieces than is shown in the photo, but I'm not a great photographer. I used a disposable camera and was a little too close to get a clear focus.
NOTE: To avoid any reaction with the ammonia, the screw that appears in the middle of candlestick and through a bocote plug, is stainless steel.. . . Craig Daymon
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