The rough-sawn look?

pacnorwestFebruary 17, 2008

We wish to add on to our outdoor pergola. The existing wood structure includes dimensional rough-sawn fir 6x6 posts. I have more 6x6 available for the expansion but they are finished, not rough-sawn. What I would like are some good suggestions on how to roughen up those finished 6x6's to approximate a resawn look of the original. Thanks. Jack.

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You might try sanding with a rotary (not orbital) sander/grinder with something like 24 grit, possibly followed by a rotary wire brush that will remove some of the soft grain. I have done this successfully for ceiling beams.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 11:22PM
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I have made many rough sawn 2X6's using finished lumber. I found that running a jigsaw or even better, a sawzall across the board face works well. Lay the saw blade flat on the lumber face and move the blade slowly with the top of the balde as your leading edge. The more often you repeat it, the rougher the board surface will become. GOOD LUCK!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2008 at 12:46PM
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