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  1. This was a lot of fun experimenting with different materials for staining
    wood. Let me know of anything else you’ve tried or would like to see me
    try. I’ll use your ideas in my next video on this topic.

    1. Instant coffee works great. It is much easier to use than regular coffee.
      Food dyes can also be used and they can be mixed with coffee or any other
      water-based dye or stain.

    2. hey Steve have you tried a poly shades

    3. How about
      – very fine coal dust in turpentine or vinegar or
      – vinegar and steel wool mix or
      – Curry?
      Does using linseed oil to seal change the color or durability?
      Does preparation matter, what if you sand the surface with 240 to 400?

    4. Hey, Steve! I love watching your vids, and it gives me some great
      inspirations for things around the house. I saw that you mentioned using
      tea as a wood stain and how it would take a few coats for it to show up.
      Have you considered trying to use dark/black teas like Oolong or Pu-Er (The
      second being a bit more pricy)? Not sure if it’ll come out more black than
      having the tint, but it’s something that crossed my mind since I drink a
      lot of different teas.

    5. Try Lampblack with shellack and alcohol.

  2. So, are you still thinking about making the video about your camera gear?

    1. He already has.

    2. +Gage Blakely When? Where is the video?

    3. +Gage Blakely if this isn’t it, look on mere minutes… It is a video
      somewhere

  3. I used saffron once to strain some wooden flowers but that only works if
    you were lucky enough to have had someone send you a bunch from over seas.

    1. I was thinking of Safron, but it’s so expensive. I seem to recall someone
      telling me that it was the most expensive item in the supermarket by weight!

    2. +Edward Holmes Yes it is crazy expensive, a few tiny threads can cost you
      $20. I was a chef and was lucky enough to have been given enough to last me
      for many years 🙂 I used it in my 2×4 to flower video a couple years ago.

    3. Saffron is more expensive per ounce than gold.

  4. To young can’t use wine

    1. People who are too young to buy alcohol more often than not live in a
      household with other, older people.

    2. Try frozen grape juice concentrate.

    3. +Jim Fortune that would probably work good

    4. Koolaid!

    5. +Audrey Heffner All kinds of colors there, but not sure if you could call
      any of them natural.

  5. One of my new favorite stains is white vinegar and steel wool for an aged
    barn wood appearance. Get a jug of white vinegar, pour out a half cup or
    so. Suspend some fine steel wool in it for 4-8 hours, then remove it
    (experiment with the time to get the right color). Paint on the wood and
    let dry overnight. The iron acetate will react with the tannins in the wood
    to turn it grey and old looking. Don’t leave the steel wool in too long or
    you’ll be staining your wood with rust… Your bottle of stain will keep
    for a long time. It works best on naturally darker woods like oak with lots
    of tannins. It takes more coats on lighter woods like pine.

    1. Rust stain sounds good to me.

    2. Have tried this myself on some pine that I wanted to age, it worked really
      well!

    3. And if you want a darker color, apply some tea and let it dry, then apple
      the vinegar.

    4. I’ve used this quite a few times. I works surprisingly well, and fast. Even
      one coat can give you a pretty deep color.

    5. I did a desktop with this and it worked great. Just be prepared for the
      smell if you plan on trying this.

  6. Could the beets potentially mold or go rancid?

    1. The beets themselves could, but the likelihood of a stain from them
      spoiling is virtually nil.

    2. As long as it dries and stay dry, no. Same way wood will never rot as long
      as it stays dry.

  7. RE: Beets. Do be aware that the red will fade when exposed to UV for
    periods of more than a week or so. There may be a UV protective top coat
    that can be applied, but I can say from experience that Helmsman Spar
    Urethane is NOT that topcoat. I dyed a little jewelry box with beets back
    in 1995, and finished it with spar urethane. It sat on a dresser that
    happened to get about 4 hours per day of direct sunlight. In about a week,
    the red had faded to a sickly brownish.

    1. same with turmeric

  8. Just great…. I got turmeric and beet stains in my Casper mattress.

    1. The tree that holds Jimin 's small pepper

      hahaha

    2. As long as you didn’t get it on your MicroJig, I think you’ll be ok.

  9. Any idea how these will hold up over time? I did a similar experiment on my
    channel a year or so back with a recent follow up. Some of the things I
    tried faded badly over time and a couple got a bit of something that looked
    like it could be mold over time.

    1. The tree that holds Jimin 's small pepper

      beets and tumeric need a UV protective finish to prevent fading and
      discolouration

    2. The tree that holds Jimin 's small pepper

      if in direct sunlight ^

  10. wood stained with coffe smells like coffe?

    1. after dry of course, like an aromatic table ornament

    2. You’d still probably want to add a protective fish like polyurethane or
      lacquer, so that would hold in the smell :/

    3. good point, or oil as a finish so the smell will dissapear. It would be
      great to aromatize a woodworking project as an ornament

    4. or maybe a mix of coffe with oil as a finish to impregnate it hahah

    5. I wonder if that would work. I’ve heard of people using wood dye with
      lacquer as a “toner.” I wonder if coffee could work as a toner. And I
      wonder if dark, medium, or light roast has any impact. I wonder if instant
      coffee would be better? Would be less of a hassle. haha I suppose you could
      find a coffee-scented febreeze and just spray it every once and a while xD

  11. I unintentionally tried blood…applied with a chisel. Ends up in a nice
    dark reddish color (only a few dots in my case). I can’t recommend it
    though :)

    1. I tried the blood as a stain and i loved to look. So I started with 1 pint
      and it did 1 coat on my dresser. I passed out on my 3rd coat. Maybe i
      should have waited a day between coats. It was yesterday and im almost done.
      My only complaint is my arm feels hot and there is a red line running up my
      arm from where I cut myself.

    2. +KussenSieMeinenEs xD Never draw so much blood at once. A pint every two
      months is fine. Mix with Alcohol or Vinegar and store in the refrigerator.
      😉

      However, same results can be achieved by stains from the store and the
      blood can be donated.

    3. Joerg Sprave dyed a slingshot with his blood…

    4. NO NO NO! You must never cut your arm! Cut your feet instead!!

  12. What should we do after staining? Will the coffee produce a sticky layer on
    it?

    1. Maybe add a coat of lacquer. Coffee shouldn’t be sticky if there’s no sugar
      in it.

    2. Sand with 220 or 320 grit if the grain is raised, blow the dust off and
      finish with lacquer, polyurethane, or what ever you want to use.

      If a sticky layer is present, then you added too much coffee (that probably
      took many applications over many weeks) and it did not penetrated the wood.
      Black coffee can be sticky but nowhere close to sweetened coffee.

  13. The sharpie (permanent marker) is a good one as well.

    1. If you soaked it in acetone maybe. Otherwise, it’d bleed thru the lacquer,
      woudn’t it?

    2. +Audrey Heffner Yes it will if not sanded, thinned down, or if one uses a
      brush and applys a heavy amount. I like to spay very thin coats of
      Polycrylic. Seals it in. also I’ve only done it for the odd colors

  14. have any of these stains gone rancid on you?

    1. +Bizmo Humperdink no.

  15. What do you do about the smell?

    1. +I David They have no odor.

  16. try baking the beets instead of boiling, they retain more colour that way

  17. im brazil, se have a plant called urucum. native brazilians used it for
    painting their bodies. it hás a very red sede that you van easily crush
    with your fingers and make a paste. it gives wood a very nice strong red
    color. the scientific name is Bixa orellana, you can try finding that where
    you live. my grandma has a tree on her yard, she uses it for coloring food.

  18. turmeric won

  19. Hey Steve I would love to see a video on ebonizing .

  20. Dwight Schrute would approve of the beet stain

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