Suggestions / Quick Way To Age Wood

Redwood, Cedar , Douglas Fir. Is there a quick way to make this stuff look aged? You know, that neat silvery look that comes from years of being out in the sun and weather? Thanks!
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How about intense exposure to water, heat, high-energy UV and ozone? That's what they do in labs.

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On 11 Jul 2004 14:32:42 EDT, Mark and Kim Smith

any strong alkali will give you the silver color. lye is sold as a drain cleaner at hardware stores.
if you want the raised grain, work it over with a wire brush first.
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Well this won't get you a grey look but a dark look that looks good on softwoods with pronounced grain like the woods you mentioned.. Practice on a scrap piece to see if you like it. Take a blow torch and work it over the wood then take the wire brush and give it a good scrubbing . Not all wire brushes are the same , some have more give and don't bite as deep . I'd get a softer brush that has a shallow bite.
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On cedar, you can use iron sulfate from the local nursery to generate the gray color. You might try a sample of the other woods to see if they will go gray. Use about 8 oz. of iron sulfate to 1 gallon of water. After you achieve the color you want, rinse the wood very well and dry. This solution will stain concrete so be careful.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll stick to the hot sun and wet wood method. Don't want to kill all the fishies! http://www.bunchobikes.com/pond6.htm
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