Speeding Up The Aging Process
We made a mantle for one of our clients a while back and had a chance to experiment with faux aging. Starting with a new piece of pine, we passed the grinder over it to replicate saw marks before beating it up with a trailer hitch.
After the brute force stage, it was science time. To achieve the dark, aged color, we brushed the wood with hydrogen peroxide and then a solution of vinegar which had steel wool soaking in it for a couple of hours. The steel straps were speed-rusted by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide and salt.
The end result was pretty convincing. For a finishing touch, the client hand painted the inlaid crest that we had made on our CNC machine.