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post #1 of 5 Old 05-05-2009, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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interesting doug-fir craft technique

I made this coat rack about 20 years ago when my son was a bit younger (and LOTS shorter) than he is now. You hit the doug-fir with a torch, scrub it down w/ a wire brush, do that lightly a couple of times and then finish to suit (I used polyurethane). Makes a nice 3D effect. The back piece is red oak.

The lack of precision on the outline of the lettering was because I wanted a "handmade" look. Yeah, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it. ;-)
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Cool, neat idea think I'll try that.
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I think that's really cool that you were so "experimental". A lot of great ideas come that way, of course, and I wish I did more of that. It turned out well.

Thanks for sharing something you did several years ago.

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I must be missing something. How do you keep the wire brush from scraping some of the char lines if you run it a few times? Are you just super precise?
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Sorry, I failed to explain the basis of the technique. Doug fir, and some other woods, but PARTICULARLY doug fir, have very hard dense late growth and much softer, less dense early growth. The late growth doesn't burn, just chars and it does so enough to not rub off with light brush strokes whereas the early growth turns to ash and flakes right off, so no precision is needed.

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