23 Easy Ways to Age Wood and Make Wood Look Old

Erode the Surface With a Wire Wheel

23-easy-ways-to-age-wood-and-make-wood-look-old-rusticate-with-wire-wheelFor another step in making new wood look older than it really is, a wire wheel is a high energy, and very aggressive way to age your piece. woodworking video woodworking websites woodworking beginner woodworking projects

A wire wheel, either on a grinder or in a hand drill is a way that you can remove a lot of material from the surface, but in a rustic manner. It creates a bold usually textured design.

The wires or bristles on the wheel do all the work. When you make contact with the wood, the bristles scrape off the softer wood areas, and leave the harder areas. As you go, you will notice that the grain lines tend to look more pronounced in the end. woodworking video woodworking websites woodworking beginner woodworking projects

The look in the end is of a board that has been weathered through erosion. It’s as if the surface was left out on a strong sandy wind for years on a beach. This of course happens in a matter of minutes with the wire wheel, but the look is ancient. woodworking video woodworking websites woodworking beginner woodworking projects

You can also vary the look depending on how you treat the wood. If you go light with the wire wheel, you will not add as much character. However, if you go heavy you can really add some depth and dimension to your wooden piece.

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