My dad tells me that the wooden headboard and bed frame that I have has been
colored by use of a propane torch instead of using stain. Is this something
that was popular at one time? Have any of you tried it?
Yes. It leaves quite an interesting look, if done correctly. Don't
start a fire, though! :) I covered the results in epoxy and after 30
years it's still looks great. I took a rectangular piece of plywood,
cut a roughly 45 degree bevel all around the edge, and then hacked up
the edge randomly. Then I took a torch to it. It might sound weird,
but it made an attractive backdrop for a large picture that I glue to
the ply and then covered the whole thing in epoxy.
About 20 years ago we took it one step past common sence. we were
making hatch doors into coffee tables. We would normally burn the doors
with a propane torch and wire brush the soft grain out. epoxy the whole
thing and you had a great looking table. Being young and stupid, a bad
combination, we didnt think that the torch was fast enough so we took 4
of the doors out to the back yard, lightly covered them with gasoline
and set them on fire. Boy was that fast. after a visit by the fire
department, a neighbor called it in, we were lucky not to be arrested.
Now I only use stain.
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