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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:15 pm 
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Hello folks. I just build a couple red oak small tables. I would like to creat a wire brushed look before I apply the stain and finish. I would like to use my elbow grease and do this with a hand wire brush instead of power. If there are any of you that have any experience with this your comments would be very helpful. Thanks
Jim in Nashville, TN


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:47 pm 
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Hey Jim,

Instead of a wire brush, I'd suggest trying a stiff corn straw whisk broom. If you want a more textured effect, try toasting the wood lightly before brushing. You can even lightly sand after brushing to change the color contrast.
Obviously, you would want to set up a number of test pieces first.

I think that a wire brush, unless it is very soft, produces too much of a "manufactured" look; rather artificial compared to the softer effect from the whisk broom.

Post some pics of your tests.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:12 am 
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Tom -
This is way outside my wheelhouse, as the saying goes. Are you saying that a stiff corn straw whisk broom will sufficiently mark the surface of raw sanded (or scraped) oak to leave an impression visible in the finish? I wouldn't have though the straw was capable of that. Guess it's a good thing I use a soft brush to clear dust in the shop.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:03 pm 
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Hey drstrip,

If you cut a whisk broom a little bit short of it's original length you will definitely get a stiff enough brush to make a surface. It is admittedly less than a wire brush but that's the point. Toasting the wood with a torch makes the impression even more discernable. After brushing, you can also sand to further modify the effect.

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