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Discussion in 'Habitat and Exhibit' started by dktaxi, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. dktaxi

    dktaxi New Member

    Looking for anybody that knows where I can get a weathered or barn wood euro mount pedestal.

    thanks derek
  2. Jim McNamara

    Jim McNamara Well-Known Member

    Here you go.


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  3. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    You can make your own weathered wood by adding a pinch of steel wool to a little vinegar. Let set overnight, then dilute with water. Brush it on and watch the magic. Sawmill cut rough lumber, pine or cypress, weather really good using this procedure.
  4. danielemt

    danielemt New Member

    joeym, thanks for the tip!!! i got try that one out!!! ;D
  5. BrookeSFD16

    BrookeSFD16 Well-Known Member

    Marking that tip!

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  6. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    LOL Not to steal Joey's thunder, but it's "IN THE ARCHIVES". Any strong acid will work. Vinegar, Muriatic acid, anything that eats up (rusts) iron will work. As Joes says, you need "stressed" lumber to make it work best. If you don't have hand sawn lumber, you can stress it by sandblasting, running an orbital 40 grit sandpaper wheel, or the edge of a running chainsaw across the surface.

    Let the acid set until the steel wool is dissolved (the finer the better and 0000 would be the quickest). It is NOT A STAIN. When it contacts the wood, the wood absorbs it and the acid seeps deep into the structure. Put it on heavy and let it work its magic.
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  8. Nancy C

    Nancy C Well-Known Member

    When I make weathered wood I like to go over it with a coarse wire wheel in order to bring up the grain. After that, you can use several different methods to stain it.

    This base started as a couple of pieces of ordinary 2x6 fir. Glued together, cut out on a bandsaw, edges rounded off, wire-wheeled, and then stained.
  9. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Very nice Nancy C.!
  10. buckmasters243

    buckmasters243 Active Member

    Cool stuff.
  11. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

    Nancy Amazing base work
  12. DL

    DL Well-Known Member

    Find a fence building contractor. I came across one tearing out an old fence of 6" weathered cedar. They had the fence cut in three foot sections and he said take all you want. It's rough sawn 1x6 that is dark grey. You can get all you can handle from them
  13. danielemt

    danielemt New Member

    So I did a test run with this. Used vinegar and 0000 steal wool. Let is sit in the vinegar over night put some water in it then brushed it on some scape pine that I ran a wire wheel on it. It dried after few hours n it only turned it very very slight grey. Almost to the point you can't see it. Does this take a few coats? What am I doin wrong if any thing?
  14. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Yes, multiple coats are required for more weathering
  15. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    And the board surface MUST be "stressed". This is not a stain. Its a chemical reaction and will continue until the acid neutralizes itself.
  16. You can pressure wash the lumber to gain more grain. Then work the stain.
  17. danielemt

    danielemt New Member

    Ok thank you guys!
  18. very cool, thanks for the tip
  19. I used a propane torch and went over the surface quickly. It burns the sapwood fairly easily and then brushed it with a hand held wire brush which removes the burned out material leaving a very heavy grain on the surface. Apply the steel wool/vinegar mix and let it soak in. Rinse and repeat until you get the desired coloration.
  20. roostinridge

    roostinridge Active Member

    Took my mixture and added water based grey stain and just a little for shading and the results are fair.