I’ve gone through and painted all of the pieces.. and have sanded about half of them.
I’m amazingly unhappy with the cherry, overall. It’s just …... not what I wanted, I guess. It’s very flaky? Moreso than the other cherry I’ve worked with. Guess I can’t complain – I got it for free out of a burn-pile from a cabinet maker, so obviously it wasn’t a “great” piece of wood to start.
Here is that piece of oak again. Red or white?
My customers have shown a preference for wood that is reclaimed. Which is cool with me, because I buy maaaaaaaaybe 5% of my wood, and usually then it is exotics for me to play with. The problem I have encountered is most of my customers love the engraving work I do, but also the “worn out” look of reclaimed wood. I can’t stick a raw log into the sheet router unless I’m doing 3d relief work (and even then, eh, iffy) but people seem to think that wood comes flat and ready to go.
As such, I’ve been learning my way around finishing wood so that it looks like it’s been weathered severely and has that good ol’ outdoor rustic charm.Without fail, it sells faster than my “clean” pieces.
I took to this (front side of above pic) with ammonia. The black corner was rough – a dip that didn’t get properly planed.
It sure has a lot of charm, though.
I’ve used ammonia on oak before with brilliant results, so I’m kind of disappointed here. It could be so much better! Darker! Gnarly looking! I’m going to get some vinegar & steel wool today and mix up some and try coating it with that tomorrow. Any other suggestions would be great!
And if you know any way to kind of beat the pulp out of terrible, flaky cherry please let me know. I coated a couple of pieces of it with ammonia just for kicks. When it dried, there was a subtle colour change (much browner) but not darker at all.
I want …. I don’t know. I have no idea to be honest.