...certainly ebonizing using India ink has been suggested here before. FWIW
I tried the steel wool in vinegar, black leather dye and India ink on some
white oak. India ink is vastly superior to the other two. When you go to
the ink shelf in the store there several brands and types of India inks to
choose from. Some are waterproof and some are water resistant and others
have shellac. I got the largest size(2 oz.) they had in the Speedball brand
Super Black India Ink. India ink is a pigment and will cover the wood grain
completely but if you buff it a little some of the grain will show through
depending on your diligence. YMMV
I did the back panel of a memorial flag case, using maple plywood, and
Behlen's Solarlux dye. Let it dry for a couple of days, and then waxed it
up with Butcher's paste.
The bottle had been purchased for a project on which my daughter-in-law
changed her mind. There's plenty left over.
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