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Posted on Distressed table top. advice, tricks, tips, methods help needed

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 09:21 PM

My daughter and son-in-law have a rustic table similar to this and they say the chamfer between the boards does collect debris. I suggested using an epoxy coating on it to make it smooth but so far no movement on that, so its just something they live with.
Replicating saw marks would be tough, but I think the safest way would be with a router or coarse grit (25x) disc sandpaper. Router would be my choice, you could build a small jig for the router to get the arc that would mimick a large saw blade.
Instead of saw marks you could also use the router to mimick shallow adze marks, which gives the planks an old world feel. A scrub plane gives a nice texture also.
I’ve seen rough weathered boards offered for sale and they plane the back side so the board lays flat on whatever substrate it’s being put on, mostly walls and ceilings. This keeps the front surface appearance rough and weathered. But, I’m afraid this doesn’t help out on a dining table top.

Here’s a good forum on distressing here on Lumberjocks,

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