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Forum topic by Nowa posted 09-14-2012 05:10 PM 1034 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2012 05:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaping finishing rustic question trick

Hi Guys – I am familiar with techniques to age wood color like tea, ammonia, manure, etc.

does anyone know how to age wood texture?

take a look at these wood bottles. I would love to build living room furniture with this texture, but finding wood with this texture is a challenge.

Any tips or tricks?


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#1 posted 09-14-2012 06:58 PM

You may be surprised with what can be done with free pallet wood, particularly the ones built for bricks/stone… those tend to be made with oak. Since these get pretty beat up and abused, they tend to have the kind of worn/aged patina and texture you are looking for. My point here is that old crusty wood can be found and reused. Craigslist is a great resource for cheap and especially free material.

With that said, a popular texturing technique is fillling an old sock with screws and having a go at the material – medieval style. Use a wire brush on your drill and follow the contours of the wood grain. Between these two methods, and some practice/experimenting, you can come up with some cool distressed pieces.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 07:21 PM

You can also try using green wood and letting it split and crack on its own. Maybe even encourage it a little by soaking and setting in the sun. Possibly give it a head start with a few ax blows? Just a couple of thoughts.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 01:01 AM

If you plan to use oak (red works best) sand blasting works great. If you can locate someone who is using walnut huls or other more gentle medems it is a little better. I have also sand blasted pine and was happy with the results. Just don’t get carried away with the blasting. You can remove a lot of soft wood in a hurry.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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