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post #1 of 10 Old 05-02-2013, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Rustic TV Unit and Shelves.

Hi everyone,

I just joined here as I have read a few threads and there seems to be some knowledgeable peeps!

Before I start, I'm Colin, I live in Ireland. I'm a Carpenter/Cabinet maker and have some carving experience.

I'm making some rustic furniture for my parents. My Dad had some big pieces of Larch that came off an old boat of his. They measure 15" x 2.5" and are about 16' long.
So some very nice material for this project, there is parts with wood worm but I have tested everything.
There are two alcoves either side of a chimney breast where I am putting floating shelves and base units.

What I would like to ask you guys is:

What sort of techniques or styles of "rustifying" is there? I have done a project once for a small Chestnut door where I used a gouge to scollop out a rustic look, then went over it with a wire brush attachment in my drill then finally some antique wax. This took a lot of time for the size of it.

With the shelves I have, I beveled the front edge and went over it with a heavy sanding attachment in my angle grinder. Some of the shelves have wood worm damage quite deep in parts and I have cleaned these out with the wire brush. This leaves a great look,lots of ridges and very rustic looking. However this kind of obligates me to have the cupboard doors and everything else to look similar and this is my main challenge.

Ok so I've gone on for quite a bit here, basically what I'm looking for is a method our some examples of how to make the not so rustic parts look like the rustic parts or a way to unify them :-)

Thanks for your time.
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Some even beat the wood with chains, and then there is the finishing techniques.

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Thanks, I know of this method but I don't think I could inflict that sort of abuse to my furniture lol.
I was in Barcelona for a few years and a cabinet maker there explained to me how he used a blow torch and wire brush to create a rustic effect.
Does anyone know how to create that sort of ridged grain effect? Looks like the wood has been wire brushed but on a very soft wood. A wire brush wouldn't be able to make that deep a ridge in the wood I have.
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Hi Colin and welcome.

Maybe this will help.


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Some even beat the wood with chains, and then there is the finishing techniques.

Welcome aboard Fellow Irish!

I did this on a table I built once... the legs of the table that is and it is actually kind of fun, just be careful it hurts when you hit the wood judt right and the chain snaps back at ya.

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A handheld propane or MAPP torch will burn away the softer grain first. You will get the hang of the type of flame, distance from the subject, and speed of movement. You could also strike the wood with various blunt objects, or make embossing marks. You can break the continuous squared edges of the wood with small scallops the may appear to give the wood the old "worn" look.

This is one of my first experiments in the early 70's, with "distressing", and made several samples for customer approval.




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Thanks for all the posts, I have been moving forward with the doors. They are raised panel framed doors, 8 in total. I had a test today with an old stiff wire brush attachment for my angle grinder and it pretty much gave the effect Im looking for. I was doing some research online and there is industrial wire brush fittings for making wood rustic, here is where I found it http://www.flap-wheels.com/Twisted-S...e-p/ts-300.htm. This Is very expensive though Ill see if I can find a new one for my grinder.
I`ll put on some pics when I have things more organized!! you know how things can get in the shop!! lol (garage actually)

Thanks again everyone!

Ok I just put up some photos of the doors (only dry fit yet). Ill put some photos of the shelves maybe on Monday (Im fishing tomorrow!)

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Success!

Hi again,

I am having good results with my doors now.

This is the effect I was trying to achieve, Happy days!

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...2-imag0156.jpg
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Hi again,

I am having good results with my doors now.

This is the effect I was trying to achieve, Happy days!

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...2-imag0156.jpg
Looks very good.





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Definitely a cool look.
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