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Aging wood naturally, outside, with just weather

by jpietras
posted 10-13-2018 07:44 PM


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ArtMann

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#1 posted 10-13-2018 08:12 PM

What do you mean when you say “age”? Are you talking about developing a weathered look? What species are you talking about? Some species will simply rot. Other species may not rot but will cup, bow and twist as the years go by. What is your time frame? If you are expecting a beautiful weathered look like what you see in old barn wood, you may have to wait a few decades for it. There may be a reason why you don’t find the process described from a Google search. It may be that what you are wanting to do won’t work.

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#2 posted 10-13-2018 10:39 PM

seems the wisest thing to do would build the deck and dont put a finish on it. you get to watch the aging process while enjoying the deck. it will age in years.
or
fake finish it
or
buy the wood already aged.
or
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#3 posted 10-13-2018 10:51 PM

Your best bet is to build the deck. Then distress it .
Trying to age wood before hand is a lot like putting the cart in front of the horse. At lest for a amateur

-- Aj

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#4 posted 10-13-2018 10:55 PM

As ArtMann says, it’s not a good idea to let it ‘age naturally’. Not only is it more likely to rot than age, it’s susceptible to insects, mold, and fungi. One of my friends offered me some air-dried hardwood his father was storing at his property. When we got there the first few rows looked good, after that it was nothing but rot.

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#5 posted 10-13-2018 11:26 PM

One thing to consider is just how the joints of the pieces will come together. Even if you manage to achieve the aged patina you are looking for on the rough stock, you will eventually need to cut pieces to size. It is hard to hide every crosscut with a nice miter or even a butt joint. Need to rip a nicely weathered 2×10 lengthwise? The newly exposed face will not match.

I think you would need to cut all of the pieces to their final dimensions ( or nearly so) and then hope and pray that they would stay straight without cupping or bowing while they aged. Frankly, that just ain’t gonna happen.

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#6 posted 10-14-2018 12:33 AM

Depending on the type of wood you will just get the wood installed before it starts to twist/warp; if it isn’t already starting at the supply house.

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#7 posted 10-14-2018 01:13 AM

Thank you all for you replies. This helps a lot. I was concerned that just leaving the wood out in the weather for a year or two would just result in rotted wood.

Currently I have a wood deck covering an old and broken up concrete porch. But, the wood has been stained every year and now has a nice weathered look. When I replace it – it needs it now that it is 10 years old and breaking apart and does not allow for a strong support railing – I wanted to do a better job than the handyman that built it. To the end I wanted to buy the wood now. Let it age and dry out and then in 3 years time use that wood to rebuild the poach and again stain it yearly. I now expected to buy the wood weather it with tea or the like, and then stain it. This is not a large about of wood. I likely will leave it in the summer sum and store it in the basement when the weather turns.


What do you mean when you say “age”? Are you talking about developing a weathered look? What species are you talking about? Some species will simply rot. Other species may not rot but will cup, bow and twist as the years go by. What is your time frame? If you are expecting a beautiful weathered look like what you see in old barn wood, you may have to wait a few decades for it. There may be a reason why you don t find the process described from a Google search. It may be that what you are wanting to do won t work.

- ArtMann


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