How to burn my kitchen table *properly on purpose**

wheatcitiSeptember 29, 2009

I have 5 children and so my light maple solid wood table has scratches dents, and the varnish off in places.

I would love to turn it into a distressed burnt looking table that would make you think it was out side for a hundred years (and set on fire:-)

How do I do this?

My DH won't let me near his torches

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Maybe lighter fluid? A torch would probably offer far more control. If DH won't let you use his, they do sell them at any hardware store.

Needless to say you want to do this outdoors well away from anything flammable. Probably be a good idea to have a fire extinguisher handy too. Exercise extreme caution.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 9:50PM
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Please do not attempt that yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cannot imagine the damage that might happen if you used lighter fluid or some other fluid.

I think antiquing the top with faux painting techniques and sanding and then finishing with a fuirniture varnish would be much safer.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 12:02AM
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I wouldn't use an open flame or flammable liquids (except for naptha/mineral spirits for refinishing, and then follow directions for use and disposal).

If you want to "burn" this and make it look like it had been in service for decades, how about stripping it, neutralizing the stripper as directed, letting it dry, then putting a hot pot or iron on the bare wood (just touch it, don't leave it)? Sand lightly (leave the burn marks and dents), wipe some dark stain in and then wipe off so the stain stays in the dents and scratches, then finish as desired.

Take it easy and don't overdo it - you want to distress it, not destroy it.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2009 at 1:38PM
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You can use an old iron set on high and do some creative "woodburning."

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 11:11PM
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I have seen furniture that has been "torched"... a propane torch like for plumbing or paint removal used to burn some of the wood. Use a flame spreader and as some of the wood chars, use a wire brush to brush it away...
AND do it outside with a water source near by! I guess it's possible to start a fire and not know it until be careful!
And practice first on some scrap wood!
Linda C

    Bookmark   October 3, 2009 at 11:58AM
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