To make woods, such as cherry,
mahogany, etc., look like ebony is often desirable. A
correspondent gives the following directions:
To imitate black ebony, first wet
the wood with a solution of logwood and copperas, boiled
together, and laid on hot. For this purpose 2 ounces of
logwood chips, with 1-1/2 ounces of copperas, to a quart of
water, will be required.
When the work has become dry, wet
the surface again with a mixture of vinegar and steel filings.
This mixture may be made by dissolving 2 ounces of steel filings
in one half-pint of vinegar.
When the work has become dry
again, sand-paper down until quite smooth.
Then oil and fill in with powdered
drop-black mixed in the filler.
Work to be ebonized should be smooth
and free from holes, etc. The work may receive a light coat of
quick-drying varnish, and should then be rubbed with
finely-pulverized pumice stone and linseed oil until very smooth.