Finishing Reclaimed Lumber

A mix of dye and stain techniques matches fresh-cut edges to the face-grain patina of salvaged wood.

Building a project from reclaimed lumber creates a piece with instant character, not to mention the green benefits of salvaging some wonderful material. But freshly cut edges and ends lack that time-worn patina and stick out like a sore thumb. With a little trial and error, plus a mix of finishing techniques, you can have your reclaimed-lumber projects looking good as old.

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