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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2012-02-15 07:06 am   Permalink

I have limited experience with Redwood, but here's what I know. Sandblasting is the best. To get a similar effect use sveral brush with varying degrees of stiffness. Mike is correct that using the torch will assist in creating the effect you want. be sure to wear a mask when sanding/grinding/brushing redwood - it is caustic (meaning it it exremely bad for your lungs). Good luck - be sure to post pics!

 
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KokoKele
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Joined: Feb 08, 2012
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Posted: 2012-02-15 7:02 pm   Permalink

I didn't have redwood, but here's cedar:


Here's propane and propane accessories:


Burn that wood!


Brush the burned wood to get the soot off:


Torture the wood. Torture it I say! Then burn and brush it again:


Add stain if you want. Sorry, I was in a hurry and missed a few spots:


Finally, wipe some black stain on and off to add a bit of pop:


I didn't varnish this because I have no reason to make it durable. But you get the idea.



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KokoKele
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Posted: 2012-02-15 7:16 pm   Permalink

Post removed: I posted a long wood-burning discussion here. I edited it out because Mr. VanTiki completed his cannon cradle and did an awesome job on it. No need to let this long-winded entry clutter up the thread.

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KokoKele
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Posted: 2012-02-15 9:08 pm   Permalink

Awesome work!

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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2012-02-15 9:27 pm   Permalink

My, KokoKele you are verbose (Not meant as an insult)

 
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KokoKele
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Posted: 2012-02-15 10:44 pm   Permalink

Totally!

 
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Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2012-02-16 05:31 am   Permalink

http://www.harborfreight.com/21-oz-hopper-gravity-feed-spot-blaster-gun-95793.html
Harbor Freight Tools Discount Tool & Hardware Store
cheap enough @ $19.00



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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2012-02-20 5:12 pm   Permalink

Kokokele - mega mahalo! Super advice, and I can't wait to try it all out. I've been sidetracked for the past month building a micro house in our backyard, and that is why there has been little to no studio activity. I really appreciate the photos - just the effect I am looking for! That cedar is really nice.

WillCarve - yep, the gun is affordable - but I don't think Ms. VanTiki would be too thrilled if I fired that thing up in the home studio! until I get a booth or other safe locale for blasting, I'll have to stick with the torch and brush technique.

Henrik "VanTiki"


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KokoKele
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Posted: 2012-02-20 9:13 pm   Permalink

Glad to help. I can't wait to see your treatment. I added one last pic, above, of a slightly different torture method. Hopefully no one will report me to People for the Ethical Treatment of Wood.

Sandblasting is a great way to "weather" wood, but you're right, it makes a horrific mess without a booth. That fatboy torch I pictured above is about thirteen bucks at Home Depot (in Oregon; probably forty clams in Hawaii) and should do the trick for you. Don't be afraid to char the wood, it adds to the effect and the soot brushes right off. I used a regular steel wire brush to get the soot off and didn't notice a bunch of unwanted scratching. Just use a fine bristle wire brush and you'll be good to go. After burning you'll find that the grain is much deeper, and of course more pronounced. It shouldn't take too much goofing around with scrap wood before you're feeling good about your results and ready to dominate your cannon cradle.


 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2012-03-23 11:03 am   Permalink

Finally secured some studio time to start building the cannon cradles! Here they are taking shape - with some of the cord and bronze cleats I picked up for the lashing. Designed the cradles on the computer with Adobe Illustrator, printed out 1:1 plans, transferred them to cardboard to check fit, then cut the redwood



Went great - until I ran out of pegs! Heading back to town today to pic up some more. Was able to get 1 of the 2 cradles assembled



The new cradle and lashing design makes it easy to display the cannon at various angles, and to lash it vertical for drinking. Plan on torching them this afternoon. Can't wait!

Mahalo,
Henrik "VanTiki"
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-03-23 12:43 pm   Permalink

Awesome Henrik, FIRE IN THE HOLE!!!

 
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Heath
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From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
Posted: 2012-03-23 3:45 pm   Permalink

Those look like a lot of fun!

 
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KokoKele
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Posted: 2012-03-23 3:58 pm   Permalink

Way cool!

 
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VanTiki
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Joined: Nov 25, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2012-03-23 4:01 pm   Permalink

Mahalo Mike and Heath!
I'm supposed to be drawing today, but I couldn't resist sneaking to the studio and doing a quick burn test with some of the scrap pieces of redwood. Looks soooooo good! Also did a test with marine sealer (waterlox) and, while it darkens the wood a bit, it also looks quite nice. I'm off to a voiceover session in Honolulu now - and will pick up more pegs (and some corks for the fuse) in town on the way home. Torch is going off tonight!

Henrik
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-03-23 4:06 pm   Permalink

Henrik, you going to be able to patina that cleat somehow?

 
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