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Imitating deeply weathered grain on pine?10/14
I've received a request to provide some flat-stock 4/4 trim to be used around bathroom mirrors, baseboard, and perhaps to trim out a few doors.
The customer likes the open-pored, deeply weathered look of pine decking. I know how to get the color with appropriate use of stains.
What I'm not sure on is how to take fresh 4/4 pine stock and get that deeply weathered texture without killing myself in labor or chemical costs. I'm open to suggestions on this. I've gotten a similar effect on red oak for cerused finish, but that was a lot of sore shoulder.
Second question. Would southern yellow pine be more appropriate since it seems to have a more dramatic difference between the earlywood and latewood?
I did a pie safe years ago where I soaked the pine in water then dried it out with a torch and soaked and dried again a second time. I think I done it all in one day so maybe 4-6 hours soaking in water before drying then repeat. I remember the grain got really wavy and the wood was slightly scorched as was my intention. I used SYP and it turned out well. Try it out on a sample piece.
another suggestion may be wire brushing.
Use a small sandblaster, make sure you blow the parts off well before using any cutting tools
I remember seeing a article where a guy took some boards to the grain elevator and held them under the trailers as they were dumping corn
wire wheel on a table saw on flat pieces before machining and a grinder with wire wheel on the rest. sand blasting works but man what a mess.
It would be nice if we had 24" wide wire brushes that would fit our drum sander lol.