What to do about the end grain on cut reclaimed boards

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Forum topic by Brodimus_Max posted 10-26-2016 05:37 PM 761 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-26-2016 05:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed barn barn wood aging finishing end grain

I bought several oak 2×6’s from a guy who takes down barns and sells the lumber. The boards are beautiful, and some have a bit of a live edge. I’m building a counter height dining table with them that will be 7’ long. I’m going for a very simple look and will jointer the interior edges. The boards are varying lengths and need to be cut to length. This will leave me with a freshly cut end grain. I don’t know how to finish this so that the look will be the same. Anyone have experience with this? I’ve read of a few techniques for “aging” wood. Any help here is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 05:51 PM

Experiment with stains and dyes until you get a match.

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 06:03 PM

If you have enough wood, make bread board end caps.

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 06:12 PM

^ +1 to the bread board idea, that would be my first approach. You might also be able to apply some iron acetate to darken the wood, if it’s red oak it should darken up pretty good, from there you can distress it to your liking.

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#4 posted 10-26-2016 06:15 PM

Use a ragged hand Saw and rub some dirt in. It works.

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#5 posted 10-26-2016 06:18 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I considered the breadboard idea, but unless I make them out of new stock, they will also have cut ends. Also, I’d like the preserve the partial live edges on the outside edges of the table making the breadboard ends more complicated. I also like the simple look of parallel boards.

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#6 posted 10-26-2016 06:29 PM

Not sure if this would work for you. I once worked in a shop that made tables from reclaimed lumber, mostly Douglas fir, and we would assemble the tables and then bleach them with Daly’s to get them uniform. Then use BriWax to finish. They turned out great. Breadboard ends were also used and had the benefit of adding stability to the tops to prevent twisting.

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