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Posted on How do you create the rough cut mill looking texture?

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 08:25 PM

There are probably a lot of different systems all of which give a slightly different look.

Some ideas …

  • When you flatten the initial face of a board on the jointer, take just enough passes to get the board to sit flat. (That’s proper jointer technique anyway.) Then when you plane the board to thickness, take all of your passes off of the other side. This will leave a board with some mill marks, and some smooth spots on your show side. The obvious drawback to this idea is that the board cup/twist/bow due to the taking all of your planing passes from the same side. But, then again, if you T&G it, and nail it to a floor, it’s probably not going anywhere.
  • Build yourself a “surfacing” machine not unlike the drum sanders that some of the guys here have built, but with a circular arbor, and some sort of cutting or grinding attachment to give the sawmill look. (Sounds dangerous.) Joint/plane as normal and send your boards through your surfacing machine.
  • A variation on the surfacing machine idea … get yourself a crappy table saw with a dull blade that will leave lots of marks, set up some featherboards so you can run your stock through on edge, put the guards on the saw. Again, joint/plane as normal to get even stock.
  • Use standard distressing methods (chains, rocks, hammers, sandblasting) in conjunction with whatever idea you use to get the regular “sawmill” pattern.

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