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  • Aged Door Surface Techniques Question

    I am building a gate/door that will be the entrance to a exterior, spanish style courtyard. My mother, who I am building the door for, came across a website with some door pictures on it and liked some of the aging effects that she saw.

    I was hoping someone here might be able to give me some advice as to how I might recreate some of these looks. Specifically, I have two questions.

    1. The surface of the doors in these pictures has sort of a wavy look. I am referring to the broad, shallow gouges that have been taken out of the wood, which makes it look old. How is this look created?

    2. The second picture:

    ...shows a door whose surface has sorted of a mottled coloration. Specifically, I am referring to how there are some areas that are darker and some that are lighter. I have some ideas on how this might be accomplished, but am a little unsure. How is this look created?

    If anyone has any ideas, tips, advice, etc, I would be eternally grateful.

    Paul Thompson

  • #2
    Paul, from what I can see in the pics. they used something like a 4 1/2" angle grinder and just touched the edge to the wood in a random order to create the gouges in the wood. It also looks like they used a torch (handheld propane) to lightly scorch spots for the light and dark effect before applying the stain and finish.A little practice on scrap wood and you can reproduce that same look. Hope this helps.
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    • #3
      Use Barge Board:

      Back in the day (1800's-1930's) barges would be built out of wide, thick boards then covered with ptich (pine resin to early froms of tar(creos.) and floated down river with the names of the ports where they were to be recovered. Once the barge was unloaded, it was then dissasembled to build housing.

      Today, there are companies who specialize in barge board recycling. They have a wonderfull texture, similar to the "gouging" that you see in the pics, darker and lighter areas, and over a century of natural weathering.

      Just my $0.02 worth.


      • #4
        Those gates are made to resemble hand hewn timber. Before machines, trees were shaped into lumber using axes and adzes, resulting in the rough, scalloped surface. The mottling is the result of differential aging of the long grain and end grain.