I got some barnwood, and I want to make a bookcase looking thing in my shop
to put my old timey items on. Problem is, where I cut across the old wood,
it exposes nice grain and color of hidden wood, and that doesn't go with the
grey of the weathered wood. I know I can router a groove and hide a lot of
it, but what do I do where I just can't hide it, and want it all to look
like it's been weathered evenly? Some type of acid? Common cleaner?
Vinegar? I'd guess the wood is either cedar or pine, most probably pine.
Steve, the easiest thing is to edge band the exposed wood with strips cut
from wood with the grey platina. There is a product called "Old Growth" and
here is a review of it
I have no idea if it is still available. I have some on hand but have not
used it in years. It will age the wood, but the finished product does not
look as good as the original and it changes the texture of the wood to the
If you were really wanting to hide the edges totally, cut a "V" groove and
your edge banding pieces to match and simply glue it up. Its a bit of work,
but you wind up with the edges that are exactly the same color as the rest
of the case.
Well, it shouldn't be hard to determine whether it's cedar as opposed to
Poster Dr Deb pointed to one way; w/ some effort you could, providing
you have enough material, even make end grain banding for the exposed
ends as suggested there.
Depending on just what you're making and after, an alternative would be
to miter the corners to avoid having any exposed ends on the external
Bleach and a pressure washer will give you the texture
Cider Vinegar and steel wool will give you Ferrous Acetate? which
gives you a grey colour - particularly on oak and cedar which have a
higher Tannin or Tannic Acic content.
And if you are really creative..., you could create a little weather
chamber. sun, rain, wind, etc. I am certain that you could age those edges
on the boards in only 3 months! ;-)
==========================================================================Of course, a good coat or two of paint will solve the problem.
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