Master woodworker George Vondriska shows you how to make your own homemade walnut stain for finishing your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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  • Wayne Williams in Garland, TX

    I noticed that the make date on the lid was 10/5/09. Does it really last over 4 yrs in the refrigerator?? If not, how long do you think it will last?

    • George Vondriska

      That date was when we shot the clip. The finish is long gone. It’s a lot like having any other fruit juice in your fridge. It’s going to go bad over time. I try to make it as needed, not planning on storing it. It’s probably good for a couple months.

  • Zeke Corder

    Add about 1 part household ammonia to the cooled liquid to extract even more color and help preserve the stain better. The same can be done with leaves of various trees and/or bushes. 3 parts water to 1 part household ammonia and soak the leaves from walnut, birch and other trees or bushes. Soak for 1-7 days until the color suits you, then take out the leaves. Vent the lid when you take the stain out of the refrigerator, especially if you shop is not air conditioned on a hot day. Too much temperature change in an air-tight container can produce explosive results.Once you have the raw, water-based stains (dyes) you can begin mixing and diluting them to obtain the color you desire.

  • Big Good Bob

    got chest nut and black walnut I know black walnut but can it be used on chestnuts?

    • Customer Service

      Thank you for contacting us. In regards to your question, I’ve never used this process on chestnuts. It might be worth a try.

  • Mike Nelson

    This clip shuts off after3 min right in the middle of a sentence