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Forum topic by Broooklyn posted 05-18-2015 05:18 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Broooklyn

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05-18-2015 05:18 PM

Is this a certain type of wood or just a finishing technique? I’m looking at the vertical pieces that have the dark grain surrounded with a lighter color.

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY


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#1 posted 05-18-2015 05:28 PM

Matt, your trying to get that for a project, brush the vertical piece with a handheld propane torch lightly to achieve the shade of dark you want. Once you get there assemble and finish. I’ve done something like that with the torch and with stains. The stains had a tendency to cling to the brush and transfer to the bare wood. It was okay, but disappointing.

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 05:51 PM

Interesting, Bob! Thanks

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 06:12 PM

Looks like the material to me. The right side of those boards is rougher and absorbing more stain.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 06:57 PM

It looks just like blotchy pine staining, most people try to avoid that look.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 07:46 PM

I agree. It looks like it was stained and the stain blotches. Very common with pine. As was said this is an effect that is generally avoided.

But I say good for you for wanting to try a different look.

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 07:57 PM

Ha – I could see traditionally that look would be avoided as it indicates a bad staining job but the look is pretty popular with the custom/hip furniture builders in NY!

-- Matt - Brooklyn, NY

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 09:26 PM

Looks like the effect of a hand held torch as Burly Bob said. For bigger pieces of wood I have heard of guys throwing the wood on hot coals.

To me, it’s a nice finish for the right project.

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 09:31 PM



Ha – I could see traditionally that look would be avoided as it indicates a bad staining job but the look is pretty popular with the custom/hip furniture builders in NY!

- Broooklyn

In that case the answer is easy, just use pine and don’t use a sealer or pre-stain conditioner. Stain w/ walnut stain and the blotches will appear like magic.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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