Dining Table #1: A Depressing Table

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Blog entry by Huckleberry posted 08-23-2009 07:03 AM 1302 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off let say that this is going to be a tough project for me as I am not use to doing this type of things in the shop. I have a client who wants a dining table made for them and they want the knots, scratches, pits, and all of the other things that we don’t want in our finished projects. So as I said this is going to be a tough one for me as it kinda goes against what I have been doing for the last few years.
So I am looking for advice on how to accomplish the depressing of the wood to be able to give this couple what they want. It is going to be made out of ash, and the good thing about that is that my sawmill carries #2 common which will give me a better selection on knots. But is there more that I can do to achieve better results than just using knots. Any tid bits would be appreciated on this project. I will keep you posted on how this this table turns out.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 02:31 PM

You could bash it a bit with a ring full of old keys or clean chain to give it a distressed worn look.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 08-23-2009 08:42 PM

I’ve seen guys use chains also a different color of paint or stain underneath and sand through the top coat around normal wear areas like the edges were one would bump or rub against the table over 100 years.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 03:19 PM

The good thing and the bad thing about commission pieces is that it makes you work outside of your comfort zone. The vanity base I made went against a lot of the design choices I normally make, and in the end I loved it.

With regards to distressing your lumber, I seem to remember somebody going randomly at a slab with a small drill bit to give it a worm wood look. Possibly a wood burner tip to give it an aged look.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 03:51 PM

If the lumber is cut on a circle saw, I’ve always thought if you were to just sand it or skim plane it, it would leave the circle saw marks on the board but still be smooth a little dye might help bring them out also. This would not look as good on band sawn lumber. Any type of scuff mark would be enhanced by a little dye and sanding, like a swirl mark from your orbital sander.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 12:57 AM

try using some old reclaimed wood with authentic “enhancements” like powder post beetle holes, ant/termite holes, nail holes (wood turns black as the iron oxidizes). a word of caution: go over this lumber with a magnet and visual inspection before running it thru the planer or you’ll damage your blades. its wise to use some old nicked up blades to start with. using real antique lumber and timeless joinery will produce a killer piece. what ever wood is locally available will work. here in ohio, i use lots of old reclaimed oak, maple and popular, and occasionally walnut or wormy chestnut.
good luck !!

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