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  1. David Willett
    August 26, 2016 @ 1:55 pm

    I am surprised you didn’t mention vinegar and steel wool. It works great.

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  2. Bob
    August 26, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

    Old used motor oil works good too.

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    • John
      December 12, 2016 @ 8:02 am

      “Old used motor oil” is highly carcinogenic too…

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  3. Ben Estell
    August 26, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    Using coffee was a great idea.

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  4. Dave E
    August 27, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    Fabric dye works great and provides some interesting results as it fades over time. My blue desk, stained with Navy Blue Rit fabric dye has faded to a unique blueish, brown-green.

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  5. Dennis Dusek
    August 27, 2016 @ 6:40 pm

    My wife says boiled onion skins!

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  6. Dennis Dusek
    August 27, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

    My wife says boiled yellow onion skins

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  7. Francis
    August 28, 2016 @ 6:20 am

    Try shredding steel wool and putting it in a jar with white vinegar, leave it overnight and then give it a good shake. Meanwhile stain some wood with strong tea, let it dry thoroughly, and then apply the steel wool and vinegar solution. The tannin in the tea reacts with the solution and ‘ages’ the wood beautifully.

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  8. Stephen Scott Johnson
    August 28, 2016 @ 9:13 am

    Great video and I love the Tumeric coloring. Have not tried these natural stain ideas, but I will give it a try. I definitely like how this adds another homemade dimension to a project.

    Just curious, since these are coming straight from an organic source, will they break down or decompose with time or sunlight? I realize there is some breakdown even with commercial products, but was just wondering about these coming straight from natural sources, without any processing or refinement.

    This is one reason I like to choose exotics for smaller projects because they come with a variety of colors already. But exotics are expensive if you plan to use them for larger projects.

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  9. Mike
    August 29, 2016 @ 8:51 am

    FYI. Every says to use sawdust with glue for a crack/gap filler Mix your old drycoffee grounds with clear epoxy it looks like walnut. Paprika or turmeric works well also

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  10. Alvin
    August 30, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

    Natural stains like this are rarely colorfast. If you check the colors in a few months they may well have changed substantially, especially if exposed to sunlight. This is why old stain recipes always call for a mordant. I don’t know how it would work for the stains you tried, but a mordant that works with many organic dyes is an iron nail. Drop a bit of iron into the hot liquid and let it soak. You may need to keep the liquid hot for a while for it to work well.

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  11. Ben Estell
    September 15, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

    I tried using coffee and tea and it worked great. My only issue was that it was a pretty weak and pale finish. I could have avoided this by using a more concentrated blend of coffee and tea, rather than just the drinkable versions.
    Otherwise, great article and video!

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  12. Alan lye
    December 4, 2016 @ 9:50 pm

    What would be good to use to get a green colour?

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  13. Monst
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    I have used balsamic vinegar to get an oak style stain.
    For a green stain, try and boil nettles. then strain and cool.

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