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Forum topic by colind posted 08-11-2014 05:30 PM 1040 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2014 05:30 PM

Hey guys i have a bit of an unusual question. Is there anyway to make wood grain tuxture more pronounced. not visually but actually mor distance between the peaks and the valleys of the grain. also is there a species of wood that lends itself to this. any info would be appreciated thanks guys.

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 05:56 PM

Depends on the wood specie.
You can power sand a soft wood like pine and achieve the grain look ‘cause the sanding will abrade the soft areas more than the harder growth rings.
On harder woods, I have used a soft wire brush with light touches to do the same.


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#2 posted 08-11-2014 06:19 PM

Sandblasting or power washing pine will produce that effect.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 06:54 PM

We do it all the time on timber frame beams. Taking a propane torch to char the wood then wire brushing the char off. We use either steel or nylox bristles. We also have some conveyorized brush machines we made that we can feed boards through.

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 07:32 AM

thanks guys these are great suggestions

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 01:56 PM

On some soft woods (especially Douglas Fir) I have used a technique of burning with a torch followed by wire brushing and then polyurethane. This works well as a quick finish with marginal inexpensive wood. Wood with lots of knots has a lot of character when treated to this technique. Send me a message if you would like more info or a photo.

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 02:47 PM

If you don’t have access to a sandblaster or a power washer, I have used an angle grinder with a wirewheel attachment with great success. That setup can be had at harbor freight for $30 or $40. That is where I got mine and they are still going strong. I did it on red oak and it worked quite well. I think your best bet is going to be any wood that has definitive softer and harder areas, the softer areas likely being the growth rings. So, oaks would work well and ash works well too. Their hard parts are hard, but their growth rings are so porous that the grinder eats right through them. I’d advise against a wood like maple or anything with a similar grain structure. Good luck.

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