I have to repair some veneer, and new walnut looks purple when put next
to the old stuff, which is a mellow, yellowish brown. Just wondering about
any fuming processes that might work, and how deeply they might penetrate,
since everything will have to be sanded together when done. Blowing cigar
smoke doesn't work fast enough.
Lye does a good job on "aging" some woods. I've personally used it quite a
bit on pine, and I've seen several posts on the "wreck" recommending its use
on cherry. Ammonia does a good job on oak, and other woods with a high
I've seen - although never tried - using a blowlamp to simulate aging. This
was in connection with faking "antique" walnut gun butts.
UV is one of the main contributors to the acceleration of the aging process
along with oxidisation. New pine certainly takes a suntan, but new mahogany
fades to the more yellow colour you mention. Give it a suntan?
Do some experimenting (on scrap - not on your project) and let us know how
you get on.
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