My daughter is getting a bunny for her 7th birthday and the cage needed to be off the floor. My wife suggested building a basic table for it, so I did…mostly. The table is very basic: Cypress with the apron M&T into the legs. Because the design was so simple, and I had Cypress left from another project, I wanted to use a technique I’ve had kicking around in my head for some time. Jin-di-sugi, for those unfamiliar, is a Japanese technique used on woods with opposing growth ring densities (very hard and very soft), such as Cypress. Traditionally the wood is buried, and dug up some time later. While buried the soft fibers decay leaving the hard portion and revealing a very distinctive pattern and texture. Time was of the essence so I just attacked the wood with a wire wheel attached to my drill, giving much the same effect, albeit with far more dust.
I’m planning on using this technique in future pieces, some using a solid pigmented finish to hide the color and fully reveal the grain. I finished this w/ three coats of of sprayed lacquer.