This page will be a place to store any research notes while planning to make our keezer’s wooden collar…
This is a piece of tiger maple that I oxidized. The brown was done with a mixture of vinegar and steel wool let soak for a day or so. The more steel wool and the longer you let it soak the more intense the color will be.
The bluish/steel look is done with Ferrous Sulfate, which is an iron supplement you can get at any drug store, just dissolve 5 or 6 tablets in a pint of water and your good to go. In both cases it’s a reaction with the tannins in the wood.
However not all woods have sufficient tannins to react, but we can cure that. Boil some green tea bags, (the real stuff) make it really strong, I usually use about 3 or 4 bags to the pint, and apply and let dry before the vinegar or Ferrous sulfate. The tea adds tannins to the wood; I have also heard strong black tea will do the same.
I have to make like 4 different containers of solutions.
1) steel wool soaked in white vinegar
2) steel wool soaked in apple vinegar
3) ferrous sulfate supplement soaked in white vinegar
4) ferrous sulfate supplement soaked in apple vinegar
I also have to make a super concentrated green or black tea to first treat the wood, then try with and without the tea treatment for all 4 combinations
So, i need to have 8 sections of wood to test the combinations on
Then i have to try varying dilutions of each in distilled water if first test is too dark/not gray as needed.
Some places to consider reclaimed wood…
Some hardware places I may need help from for wood/cutting…
Backup plan, using stain: