Any tips on finishing rough cut lumber

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Forum topic by Tim_Beyer posted 11-14-2011 05:31 AM 14098 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2011 05:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stain rustic pine

Does anyone have any tips for finishing rough cut. I am in the process of building a dining table out of rough cut pine and am wanting to have the rustic look to it. I did some test samples on the scraps but wasn’t overly impressed with the look. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 11-14-2011 02:25 PM

Try using pre stain conditioner and a spray gun for applying the stain to have more of a uniform coat.

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 07:07 PM

That is kind of a ‘loaded question’. I guess I’m not sure what you mean by ‘finishing’. If I wanted to make a Dinning Table out of rough cut limber I would still make the working surface a highly sanded and buffed, stained, waxed surface. I would probably do a little smoothing on the sides, and legs. I would spray the same stain as the top. I would use a low luster polyurethane or just tung oil. A good natural looking finish is a mixture of tung oil, boiled linseed oil, and polyurethane mixed in equal parts making sure you wipe off the excess after a few minutes.

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 01:14 AM

I built one from old eastern white pine from floor joists. Skip-planed it to leave some saw marks and bug holes, kinda champhered the jointed edges to highlight the joints, sealed it with shallec (Zinsser Seal Coat), stained it by using a toned poly with TransTint, final finish with a satin poly that was rubbed and waxed. The base was paint/glazed/distressed/clear coated.
I know. I hate poly anything, but there are times when it is appropriate.
Just my method.


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#4 posted 01-03-2012 03:52 AM

I’ve had good luck with oil finishes, but usually of almost finished sanded. Not sure how well it would work if you left it totally rough. If you wanted to do that I would guess some sort of clear epoxy would work best.


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