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#1 posted 10-13-2015 07:26 PM

There are LOTs of different approaches. Rough sawn lumber is indeed a great and natural way to do this. I often incorporate knots and bark in my projects. In my projects you can see a dart board cabinet that I did just that. On that same project I used a gel stain base and then a darker gel stain that I rubbed into the cracks and joints and immediately wiped off. That adds depth. I even flicked it on with a tooth brush. You can use pallet wood. You can leave wood outside for a bit. There are various ways to dirty it up.

Every project you do should be a learning experience. Give yourself permission to try new things and accept less than perfect results. It’s how you get better. Don’t be afraid.

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