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Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #19: The burning!

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 06-01-2020 04:28 PM 345 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Add-on weaving slots Part 19 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 20: Final prep before weaving begins »

I waffled many times since the start of this project on whether to follow-thru with using the shou sugi ban technique to get a black finish. But, armed with a number of trials on scraps of the same lumber, I gathered my courage and plunged ahead. I’m very happy with the result. Here are a few photos of before, during, and after. I finished-off by brushing an initial coat of General Finishes Exterior 450 flat. I mixed-in some graphite powder to help tint some areas that were less charred – especially at joints. I’ll apply a couple more coats and it will be ready for weaving.

Started on the undersides.

I moved it to the shade once I had charred the entire surface. In this light I found a few places that needed some more char. Afterward, I used a horse-hair shop brush to remove some of the loose surface ash. The revealed some nice texture where the softer wood had burned away.

And with the initial coat of poly applied.

I am very happy with that transformation.



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Notw

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#1 posted 06-01-2020 06:30 PM

all that work and then set it on fire, seems brave to me but it worked out great

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 06:56 PM

So much nicer looking in black, good choise to go on butning it!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Ross Leidy

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 07:28 PM


all that work and then set it on fire, seems brave to me but it worked out great

- Notw


I had to take a step in faith. So glad I didn’t chicken-out.


So much nicer looking in black, good choise to go on butning it!

- kaerlighedsbamsen

I agree, the black makes a humble wood look good. It will be a good contrast with the paracord I’ll be weaving with. (coming soon)

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#4 posted 06-02-2020 01:35 PM

That took a strong stomach, but the result looks great.

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