The people that buy the type of things I build, generally live in houses filled with antiques. Many times they are looking for a piece for a particular space or to fill a particular need and are unable to find an original piece. They want a piece that blends in with their antiques. The process of finishing to meet the above needs involves three phases, simulated wear, coloring and a top coat.
For some reason I didn’t take a picture of the piece totally finished but before aging and finishing. This one is close the only thing missing is the top edge profile.
The first thing I did was add wear with a riffler rasp to the appropriate areas. you need to add the wear to the areas that would have wear under normal use, like corners and places were hands would have touched often. After the rasp it is cleaned up with sand paper and a card scraper.
A rasped edge.
The final step in the simulating wear is to burnish the entire piece with a block of wood. I used a block of ash then a block of basswood. Burnishing creates a worn smooth surface that is hard to produce any other way. The two wood blocks are similar to having two grits when sanding.
Here is a burnished edge. This picture doesn’t really capture the quality of the surface, it’s smoother and has more shine.
Wear on a corner.
Wear on the stretchers.
The table with simulated wear ready for coloring.