Hairpin coffee table

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Project by yokel posted 03-12-2013 11:27 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hairpin table out of white oak. Sorry for the poor pics, i’m finding it harder & harder to get pic’s taken before they leave the shop lately. The finish is rusty steel wool & vinegar with a wax topcoat. The sapwood turned much darker than i anticipated. It pretty much ebonized it, so i distressed those areas a bit with sandpaper. The tannin levels must be much higher than the heartwood.

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 03:44 AM

You did get quite a contrast in the dye. Did you use a sanding sealer first?

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 05:49 AM

It wasn’t actually a dye. I used a mix of rusty steel wool & vinegar. It causes a chemical reaction with the tannins in the wood. Its meant to age the wood, giving it that greyish rough look. The table was for my brother & they’re requested finish. I just wasn’t anticipating the sapwood would turn so dark as my test piece was all heartwood. I didn’t use a sealer though. Something to try next time, or just avoid sapwood in the future. Thanks for lookin’, k.

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