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  Ebonizing Wood - The Manufacturer and Builder, 10/1878  

Apple, pear, and walnut woods, especially the fine-grained sorts, may be satisfactorily ebonized by first boiling in a glazed vessel, with water, 4 ounces of gallnuts, 1 ounce of logwood chips, 0.5 ounce of green vitriol, and 0.5 ounce of crystallized verdigris, these being filtered while warm and the wood brushed a number of times with the hot solution.

Thus stained black, the wood is then coated two or three times (being allowed to dry completely after each coating) with a solution of one ounce of iron filings in a quart of good wine vinegar. This to be prepared hot and allowed to cool before it is used.

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