Pine wood, when worked on properly, can have a beautiful warm honey glow. Furniture magazines, antique stores, museums – the look of aged pine, with its caramel tint full of character and individuality is everywhere. Bringing out pine furniture's beauty is a simple job, but problems occur when important steps are not taken. Stains can blotch and leave noticeable flaws in the finished result. These faults can be avoided. Below is a chart of the equipment needed to age pine wood, along with a step-by-step guide into the process.
Sand the Wood
The first step is to sand down the wood. The different sand paper types, 100 grit, 150 grit, and 180 grit, have varying levels of coarseness that sand the wood down in certain ways. All the types will be used in succession from least coarse to most coarse. Starting with the 100 grit, this sand paper will shave down the wood fibres. This creates peaks and valleys in the wood that can be seen with the naked eye.
The 150 grit sand paper is coarser. It sands off the peaks but does not dig deeper into the valleys of the wood. The 180 grit sand paper does the same as the 150 grit, and it also does not dig into the valleys. The peaks shave down farther, giving the wood a smooth feel. At 180 grit, the human eye cannot even perceive the scratches in the wood.
It is important to note that the sanding process is essential to making sure that the wood piece as a whole has the same, uniform quality. When a wood piece is not sanded down evenly, it becomes evident in the final look because the finish looks uneven. This should be kept in mind when working with furniture that came from varying sources, like an old tabletop with new legs.
Apply the Ageing Solution
The next step uses the caustic soda method. The sodium hydroxide ages the wood because of its chemical nature. Household drain cleaners commonly contain this chemical. The ageing solution comes from mixing the cleaner equally with water. The water must be added to the drainage cleaner, making a more reliable solution.
A rag applies the solution, giving the wood a yellow look as the chemicals react to the oxygen in the air and work on the wood material. After a day, the solution dries, leaving the wood with the same colour as before the solution was applied or with a dull grey-green colour.
Apply the Briwax
Briwax is a brilliant applicant. Light-brown briwax contains high amounts of bee wax, which fill the pores of the wood, acting as a preserver. Briwax also contains carnauba wax, which gives the wood that brilliant, reflective sheen.
The briwax goes on the wood in generous amounts. Using a rag to rub it in, a circular motion will force the wax into the pores of the wood, and then wiping with the grain prevents streaks. The briwax dries quickly. A cotton terry cloth polishes the wax. A second and third coating of the wax completes the finish.
Contrary to what some believe, briwax does not layer on top of each coating. When the wax goes on the wood, it reapplies itself. This is how the wood receives such a brilliant finish without looking covered in applicant. After polishing off the last coat of briwax, the pine is complete and ready for any necessary final touches.
How to Buy Pine Ageing Tools on eBay
Use the search bar to find all the tools you need to age your pine, such as drainage cleaner and sander tools are very useful for giving wood an even, smooth surface with much less effort. If you would rather skip the work, you can also find great deals on antique furniture. Prices vary depending on the offer. Aged pine has a beautiful glow that can transform the look of your home, and sellers on eBay have all the right offers.