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02-25-2015 08:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing rustic

Hi all,

so I have moderate wood working skills, still learning a lot. One of my biggest learning curves is what finishes to use and how to apply them. In simple terms, I suck. With that said, there is an event April 26th for a local charity (Pennies from Heaven) I will be making a coffee table and two end tables out of lathe (among other materials) and donating them. In my pre-planning process im trying to figure out what finish to put on it to keep the old rustic look that the lathe has while maintaining a nice surface for a table… any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-26-2015 01:32 AM

I assume your talking Lath not Lathe. A picture of what the table looks like would be helpfull along with the lath material?

One suggestion is to flame distress the lath with a torch and then poly.

Would this be something like what your trying to do?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 02-26-2015 02:54 AM

Yes, lath. My phone changed it to lathe. When you say flame distress what do you mean? I don’t know if that would be effective because the lath is already dark in color. I am still in the planning phases. Have not started yet. Will be starting this weekend.

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 03:08 AM

You use a Torch to lightly scorch the wood with the flame which brings out the grain of the wood. After that you can use a wire brush to blend or remove some of the scorched wood or not.

It is all subjective to you personal taste. Some people even stain the wood then let it dry and then use a torch and wire brush.

Experiment with it on scrap to develope your own method.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 03:14 AM

Huh yea ill try it, then use a poly?

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#5 posted 02-26-2015 03:32 AM

Poly is just one thing you could use but IMHO it would level out the surface much better at a more reasonable price. If you use gloss poly it will act much like a magnifying glass to bring out the grains and differences in the wood as it does not have as much filler in it.

Again all of this is subjective, driven by personal taste and perceived results. Experiment on scrape.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 03:39 AM

This months issue of popular woodworking has a great article by Bob Flexner, he has a really good book on finishing “Finishing 101” available on Amazon. He explains that the manufactures of most of the finishes that people use , don’t have a clue as to how they should really be used.Try the website below, just enter your email and you should be able to download a 25 page finishing guide that is very helpful.If it don’t work let me know and I will put in the cloud for you.
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/wood-finishing-techniques

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 04:01 AM

I’m having a hard time, the only lath I know of is really crappy 3/8”x1.5”x ?” lengths used for old style plaster work. Have you considered 2X framing lumber you could rip down to manageable dims? Whatever mat you choose you could also hit it with an orbital sander and 40 or 60 grit paper for a rough/rustic look.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 06:22 AM

You could also use decent ceiling strapping if you can find it.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 10:03 PM

Just got my april copy of Popular Woodworking and on page 40 they show another finish they call a charred finish using a good finishing wax and a torch. Very cool rich black look.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#10 posted 04-08-2015 08:13 PM

So it’s been a while since I posted but this is the table, I’m making matching end tables to go with it. It’s a little rough, however I do not want to go sanding the top and get rid of the the old look that it has.

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#11 posted 04-08-2015 08:14 PM

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#12 posted 04-08-2015 08:32 PM

Nice table.

-- mrg

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#13 posted 04-08-2015 08:42 PM

Looks awesome.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#14 posted 04-08-2015 09:12 PM

Just what to finish it with now!?

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#15 posted 04-08-2015 09:33 PM

I would be concerned that the trim at the table ends will constrain the expansion/contraction of the top and cause problems.

-- Greg D.

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