A bit of a stretch maybe, but I'm wondering whether anyone has used a sandblaster to give wood [in this case, cedar log look siding] a weathered look.
Some of the photos I've seen looked great. It makes the grain more dramatic but removes splintery material. If it goes well, I may do some of the big beams indoors and the like...
I'm wondering how big a blaster I'd need, what sort of media, courseness of grit, etc.: there would be a LOT of material to do [I'll blast and stain before its installed], but I doubt I'll ever use it for auto body work or the like-- probably will see very little use after the house is done.
Torn between cheap model [under $200] 'just to see' how it would work, or paying more [$500] for a larger unit, since there *is* a lot of wood to cover.
I already have a pretty big air compressor.