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Forum topic by jmiramant posted 05-11-2018 12:19 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2018 12:19 PM

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Hello Lumberjocks!

As noted, I’m an amateur so apologies if this falls into the: “Let Me Google That For You” category. But I’m looking to make this chandelier and I am uncertain how to get the final finish on the beam to look like this.

So two questions…

From this photo, what’s the inferred:
1 – wood type
2 – finish

Also, any pointers or tips would be welcomed.


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#1 posted 05-11-2018 12:52 PM

Finish looks very minimal to me, it may have just been wire brushed and sanded. I dont see much of an applied finish at all. As to species … barnwood. Maybe its oak or pine but in my opinion i dont think it rightly matters in its setting.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 05-11-2018 12:54 PM

looks like pine with a whitewash finish/ thinkin a water based stain.

have some scrap pieces to test the finish on.

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#3 posted 05-11-2018 01:03 PM

Looks like a standard 4×4. Sanded down to soften the edges. I would play around with a few combinations of stain ( light walnut or weathered oak) followed by milk paint. Make a few mock ups on some scrap end cuts to see what looks right for your setting. Distress the paint with some judicial sanding and finish it out with a light coat of flat or satin poly just to seal the paint.

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#4 posted 05-11-2018 01:06 PM

x1 chrisstef

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 05-11-2018 01:12 PM

I’m guessing the wood is Douglas-fir, it appears to be planed and the corners rounded to look like driftwood. For the finish I’m guessing it was bleached with wood bleach and then a wash coat of dilute white milk paint. These are guesses but that is what I would experiment with if I was trying for that look.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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