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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 12-10-2013 12:41 AM 930 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2013 12:41 AM

Suggestions on the balance between all of the texture and scarring adding to the look vs. touchability?

I was thinking maybe sanding with only a high grit.

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 06:41 AM

Wire brush, then coat with something. Wax or even poly.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 08:09 AM

Theory being a wire brush will knock off any pokey bits without leaving fresh scratches?

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 02:45 PM

Leave some tool marks on the surfaces. I will use a sharp card scraper to add some texture to flat surfaces, bowing it as I make the cuts. On curves I will leave the marks from whatever I used to cut the surface, such as a block plane, chisel, etc. If you want the surfaces a bit softer, try using a gray or red scotchbrite pad to knock off the sharpness. Don’t use steel wool, particularly on oak as will leave bits of metal that may discolor later.

You can try a wire brush, or a wire wheel in a drill, but I have not found these methods to be particularly effective in adding texture. They tend to just burnish the surfaces.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 03:40 PM

Wire brush and waterborne poly.

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