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  • How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

    Is there a chemical recipe to age some new pine to the old 'barn-board' look? I've seen the Briwax page for aging pine, but that's still not old enough looking for me. I've made some rough-sawn crates and want to age them 10yrs in a day or two.

    Any suggestions?

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    Did this years ago for a rec. room. I tried weathering the boards outside with no luck. The closest I could come to the weathered barn Pine look was to get some of the powered analine dyes that LV sells and mix them together to what I thought was the right shade and then put a wash (water based) over the boards. It actually worked pretty well.
    When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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      This idea came from someone on this forum. I was building a barn/manger scene for our church a year ago, using rough pine from HD.

      Soak some steel wool in vinegar. I don't remember how long, but it only takes maybe a day. Experiment with the times. I made more than needed so didn't find it necessary to strain the liquid, but if you use to the bottom of your container, you'll get steel wool residue that you wouldn't want. I painted it on with an old brush. It worked well.

      I still had some left last summer, so used it on some new shakes that were patched onto the side of our church to get rid of the brand new wood blotches.

      ...Wayne
      Last edited by Wayne - Oakville; 01-18-2011, 08:53 AM.

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        Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

        Use a sand blaster and then dye to your preference and sand blast again.
        Egon
        from
        The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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          Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

          Originally posted by Wayne - Oakville View Post
          This idea came from someone on this forum. I was building a barn/manger scene for our church a year ago, using rough pine from HD.

          Soak some steel wool in vinegar. I don't remember how long, but it only takes maybe a day. Experiment with the times. I made more than needed so didn't find it necessary to strain the liquid, but if you use to the bottom of your container, you'll get steel wool residue that you wouldn't want. I painted it on with an old brush. It worked well.

          I still had some left last summer, so used it on some new shakes that were patched onto the side of our church to get rid of the brand new wood blotches.

          ...Wayne

          That was me

          Soak a bat of 0000 (extra fine) in a 500-750ml jar full of vinegar (regular works fine, but "pickling vinegar" works better due to the higher acid content) overnight (8-12 hours). Pour through a coffee filter and then brush on your wood. Leave for 15 minutes and you'll see the wood grey. If it's not dark enough repeat, but one application is generally plenty) Note: The liquid will still appear clear in the jar, that's OK....this process works through oxidization rather than pigments).
          I dream of a better world, one where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

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            the steel wool and vinegar route sounds like the winner. could it be rinsed with water after everything's dry to cut the smell or does it not smell?

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              Ryan can chime in, but I didn't rinse. I don't recall any smell once it had dried for awhile.

              ...Wayne

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                Originally posted by Wayne - Oakville View Post
                Ryan can chime in, but I didn't rinse. I don't recall any smell once it had dried for awhile.

                ...Wayne

                Agreed, same experience
                I dream of a better world, one where chickens can cross roads without having their motives questioned.

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                  Ryan I wish I needed to use "aged" pine to try your mixture. I wish I had knew about it 30 years ago.
                  When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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                    Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

                    Yup the steel wool tea works. I use the same thing on walnut and maple. It turns walnut into an ebony look and maple takes on a old age burnt like effect.

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                      Originally posted by Aylmer Tom View Post
                      Yup the steel wool tea works. I use the same thing on walnut and maple. It turns walnut into an ebony look and maple takes on a old age burnt like effect.
                      Tom. I assume you used the mix on turned maple correct? Would it vary with the variations in the wood or turn it bland?

                      Ron.

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                        Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

                        Would love to see some photos of the result!
                        Mike Guilbault
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                        Mike Guilbault Photography

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                          Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

                          The Iron does work when there is tannin in the wood, that is why it works so well with Oak and Cherry, (the stains from nails/staples etc. in wood is caused for the same reason) some woods have very little tannin in the wood and than the Iron wash doesn't work well or not at all.
                          However tannin can be bought, the stuff that is used for making leather comes in powder form and you can make a thee out of that and spray on or brush/wipe it on.
                          Strong regular thee also can be used to get more tannin in the wood, Oak bark used to be harvested and ground up to do the tannin, now other plant material is used with a higher tannin content.

                          Here is an Oak bowl that was given a iron oxide wash, penetration is very shallow, fuming with ammonia will give similar results.
                          Stained Oak.jpg
                          Last edited by Leo Van Der Loo; 01-19-2011, 02:35 AM.
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                          Leo Van Der Loo

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                            Re: How do I age pine to an old 'barn-board' look?

                            Hi Leo

                            Love the walnut bowl.

                            What did you finish with after the iron wash?

                            I just finished a small lidded box in walnut and there is a spot that is not quite as dark. Will this wash help smooth out the colour.

                            Thanks

                            Don
                            Don McFarland
                            ​Member - Durham Woodworking Club
                            http://www.durhamwoodworkingclub.com/

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                              Don I think I used Polymerized tung oil on it, and polished, it has been a couple of years.
                              If you look at this bowl you will be able to see the difference of the sap and heartwood color.
                              If you would carefully add the iron oxide thee to the lighter spot it would make that darker, but by how much ???, you would have to try it on some scrap, even then I'm not sure you could get it to become equal with the rest.
                              Time in the light (UV) and air (oxidation) will lighten the Walnut color, so you might end up with a dark spot rather than a light spot on the piece if you would artificially change the color, for me, wood is a natural product and I like it as such ;-))
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                              Leo Van Der Loo

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