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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 02:51 AM

I think it’s a two sided coin. I like kdc’s approach, but I also like old boards that have been planed down and have nail holes with black areas around them. It is possible to build a table with an impermeable top (filling those nail holes with black epoxy) and still get the “I’m made of repurposed stuff” message loud and clear.

If you wish to keep the gray, experiment with using the ol’ steel wool and vinegar on a cut edge. My experience has been that you can’t tell the old edge from the cut edge. A wire wheel in a drill and you’ve got it.

Here’s a blog Google suggested when I searched “steel wool and vinegar.”



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