I had some pallets laying around so i decided to make a small piece to test finishing techniques for some bigger projects i have planned.
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Step 1: Cut Wood and Sand
I started with disassembling the pallet and taking the nails out, etc
I made my cuts with the miter saw, then made a few cuts with the jig saw.
Found an old broom stick and cut a chunk off to use as a towel holder.
Then did a lot of work with my sander to smooth out the boards.
Step 2: Assemble
I started with glue and nails and assembled the piece.
This gave me a chance to make a few pocket holes to test out my newly acquired Kreg Jig.
After assembly i decided to rough up the piece and distress it a bit to make it look rustic.
Step 3: Age the Wood
I did some research and found a few ways to age the wood.
I went with the vinegar and steel wool solution and brushed it on.
It worked very quick and very well
Step 4: Stain and Finish
I then applied some dark walnut stain.
The stain looks much darker after having aged the wood. I really like it.
I applied one coat of polyurethane and left it at that. I usually do 2 or 3 coats but this piece looked pretty good after one coat