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

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 09:55 PM

I have made well over 100 distressed and/or reclaimed tables the last few years or so. Currently making an average of 5 a month right now on top of all the corporate stuff.

Here is my advise and answer to your questions…

1. Play around. Take two pieces of your scrap and run a hand plane down the edge until you like the look. Simple
2. I take a 40 tooth 10” saw blade and put a bolt through the arbor hole with a washer and nut on the other side to hold it. Then put the bolt into my cordless drills chuck. Make sure it is spinning backwards and drag it across the material.
Of course I would NEVER recommend this method due to safety concerns, but it works great for me!

1. (#2) I pick out the flattest boards I can find, only plane the backside for consistent thickness, and belt sand the top to desired patina. Boards with too much crown I rip down the middle.

Other ideas for distressing:
Chains. I use a small dog chain and a larger chain to dent up the material.
A dull hand plane also makes a great effect, as do dents left from screws and cut nails.

I don’t think the table here is made from reclaimed material. Looks like standard construction grade dimensional lumber to me. A LOT of people are doing this now and calling it rustic. I call it JUNK!


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