Minwax Ebony  VS.  True Black

What's the difference?

Although Ebony and black wood stains are similar in color, they are not the same.  So, by understanding the distinction between the two, you can make a more informed decision about which one to use.

Ebony is a very dark brown color, while black is truly black.  This also means an ebony wood stain will be lighter in comparison to a true black stain, which covers more of the wood grain due to its opaqueness.

That said, depending on the wood you use it on and the brand of stain you choose, the ebony stain can look like a deep black or dark grey.

For example, if you put a Minwax ebony stain on oak wood, the result can be quite striking - whether it's a piece of furniture or something like a deck made out of hardwood.

With true black, on the other hand, it will appear more solid and less like a deep brown.

So, depending on the desired result, ebony vs. true black can make a substantial difference in the final look of your project.

If you want a more subtle effect, then ebony might be the better option for you.  But if you're looking for a bolder, darker finish, then true black is the way to go.