How to Texture Wood

If you are making projects with an aged wood look, then it is important for you to know how to texture wood. There are many ways to texture wood. Some are easier, and some take longer, buy they all change the look of the board. Making the surface match the finish style helps you disguise new wood for aged wood.

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how to texture woodOne of the fastest and easiest ways to texture wood is with a wire wheel. I cover making new wood look old even more in another article, and I use a wire wheel in that example as well. I really like using wire wheels for texturing wood, because they work so well, and require little effort.

The best tool for removing material with a wire wheel is an angle grinder. Grinding wheels are sold specifically for the angle grinder, and it’s a strong tool. If you only have a power drill, you can buy wheels specifically for the drill that will also work.

The basics of how to texture wood involve using the wire wheel on the surface to remove material. I like to use the edge of the wheel, or the area that would be considered the tread if it were a tire.

Hold the spinning wheel against the surface of the wood and move it around. The longer you stay in one place, the more material you will remove. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what look you are going for. If you experiment with a few pieces of scrap, you will quickly see what kind of look you like.

how to texture woodThe wood that you use will also have an effect on the look. In general, softer woods will perform better under the wire wheel than harder woods. This is because the softer areas will erode away faster than the grain. When this happens, the wood texture becomes more pronounced and deep.

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Pine really works well for texturing wood. It is also very inexpensive, and can be found practically anywhere. It erodes very well, with the grain lines staying taller than the surrounding area. This adds more texture and a three dimensional look. Again, the longer you stay on the area with the wheel, the deeper the weathering will be. You can also vary your contact time in certain sections to further modify the look.

For example, try digging into a few places deeply. Then, work the rest of the piece with a lighter texture. This can simulate areas of harder wear. On most older pieces of wood, they will not have worn evenly. Varying your pressure will help you create a more natural look. The link at the top of this article shows what these boards look like under a finish.

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If you have any questions on how to texture wood, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share my work with your friends on Pinterest! Happy building.


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