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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 12-19-2013 05:31 AM 3764 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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12-19-2013 05:31 AM

On a Facebook group page for woodworking, some one posted this tea light holder. I noticed the streaks through it and was wondering if they were natural or if they made the streaks through it. If natural what kind of wood? If not, how did they make it?

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 05:36 AM

Those are saw marks from when the wood was milled out.

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 06:19 AM

This board is basically what is called skip dressed, basically you remove enough material to have a “flat” side, but you aren’t really trying to completely smooth it. It is real, but umm not fully finished.

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 12:13 PM

+1 to Hoss, its just rough sawn lumber

It looks like they sent it through the planer to take off the high spots.

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 12:57 PM

Definitely looks deliberate to me as the saw marks are too deep for a decently tuned saw blade.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 02:27 PM

Definitely deliberate. None of the rough lumber I buy has those.

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 07:22 PM

Definitely looks deliberate to me as the saw marks are too deep for a decently tuned saw blade.

I have seen marks that deep in rough mahogany. I swear they are using sharp rocks tied to a wagon wheel to mill it. :)

“skip dressed” as TCC says it would look just like that. Could as easily be faked with a grinder. I am personally on the fence if I like it. It think it is one of those things that people would like, but as a woodworker it just kinda pulls at me in a negative way…. like, “I need to fix that” Designers vs. Carpenters I guess.

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 05:08 PM

It’s just rough sawn lumber that has been partially smoothed as others have said. If that is the look the maker is going for then it is, in fact, finished just right. Some love the rustic look that this yields.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 05:14 PM

It was sawed at a mill with a circular blade rather than a modern mill with large band saw.

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 05:20 PM

Saw marks from circular mill saw and and partially planed. I do this occasionally:

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 05:24 PM

I can create marks that look a lot like that with a butane torch or my wood burner. it really looks good if you have the saw marks and then going over them with a large flat tip on a wood burning tool.

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 05:27 PM

I agree with several of the above posts; the project originated as rough-sawn stock. If you’d like to repeat the effect, Micahm, it means starting with milled lumber. Then it looks like a ROS or similar tool was used to soften the edges, corners and face to get the final ‘not fully finished’ look (as TCC aptly noted).

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#12 posted 12-21-2013 05:00 AM

Very “ROUGH” sawn lumber! Compared to what I cut on my band sawmill, my stuff looks like it is already planed…..

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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