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to age new wood ... its a simple task and you do not need a degree in Particle Science from MIT lol

To get that aged gray simply shred steel wool and then fill your container with vinegar any kind... works like a champ.
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Good tip I will be building a 4 foot tall bird house out of rough wood and wanted it to be gray to look weathered so I'll give this a try.
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to age new wood ... its a simple task and you do not need a degree in Particle Science from MIT lol

To get that aged gray simply shred steel wool and then fill your container with vinegar any kind... works like a champ.
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Let steel wool set for at least a week or two, strain out remains of wool. I've used this with oak, turns gray almost immediately. Works on walnut too...looks like ebony but at walnut prices.

Not much luck with pine. I've tried boiling tea bags (NO political jokes here ), let cool. Brush that mix onto the pine. Let it dry, then coat with the vinegar mix. The last couple of pieces I did, got out the wire wheel, chucked it into the drill and 'brushed' out the soft parts of the grain. Painted it with thinned out gray acrylic paint. Looked good!

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Yeah, there's any number of ways to age wood, and I know a bunch of them. And use none. Anything I make, it will be new, and I want it to look new. Anything I want to look old, I'll turn some kids loose on it for a week or two, that'll do it. Actually, if I wanted wood that looks old, that's what I'd use, old wood.

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