This woodworking tips card is about texturing wood. Texturing is where you take your looks to the next level, and is different from finishing. It actually involves removing wood from the surface to create a look. Here is how you do it.
Texturing Wood Surfaces
Any time that you modify the surface of the wood to create a pattern or look directly on the wood, you are texturing the wood. This can be done in a number of ways, but it always involves removing wood from the surface.
In the woodworking tips card on the left you see a candle holder in the picture with a very interesting look to the wood. It is a textured piece. The wood was ran against a wire wheel before finishing.
After the black was applied, I sanded it down to bring back the original color on the high parts. This is one way to create a texture. Others include denting, damaging, scraping, burning, rough sawing, and more. The real design opportunity in creating textures is the staining effect you can typically apply afterwards…
Deep Textures Allow for Contrast Staining
The really interesting thing that the wire wheel texturing does for the candle is creates an opportunity for a contrast stain. This is where you apply two stains. One light, and one dark for contrast. They play well together, and give the piece a great look. See more in my Candle Holder Tutorial.
When you texture a piece, you create high and low areas. If you stain the entire piece black or dark brown, you will coat everything with stain. After it dries, you can lightly sand the piece. This will remove stain from only the higher areas.
If you like the look as-is, apply a clear and you are done. If you want to make it look even more interesting, apply a lighter stain. This light stain will only color the areas that were sanded off, since it’s too light to color the dark areas. After it’s dry, use a clear, and enjoy your piece.
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