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Forum topic by MrsN posted 02-05-2015 05:12 PM 1379 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2015 05:12 PM

I have a student who has his head set on using a burning technique to enhance the grain of the project. Neither he or I have any experience with this. In researching how to do this most of the things have seen use pine, which is not really the desired material for the project.
Do any of you have experience with burning to enhance the grain. What types of wood are good to try this method with?

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 05:29 PM

If you are talking about lightly torching the whole project red oak works well. All the open pores are highlighted when burned.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 05:35 PM

It works well on plywood also…. I burned a couple of plywood bongo cajons i made a while back…


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#3 posted 02-05-2015 05:54 PM

I have been experimenting with HOW TO RASIE THE GRAIN and weathering wood without a torch or high pressure water.

Metal wire wheels don’t give me what I want. The softer grain is rough.

I got this Nylon paint remover wheel thing, I don’t know why, from Lowes for the end if a drill. It has very stiff Plastic (Nylon) fingers.

It’s the best yet although I have not put it to work on my current RUSTIC project.

It wears down quickly and I ran to Lowes to get another one but they didn’t have any more

But it leaves the softer grain smooth!


I have been experimenting on scraps and it it really does work out I will post

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