Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How to give lumber an old saw mill look

                                                                                                                              To give lumber an old saw mill look I used an old saw blade and bent a couple of teeth. This will give you boards that look like they came out of an old barn.

To start I found an old saw blade but there was one problem, the hole was to big for my table saw. My arbor was 5/8" and the hole on the blade was 3/4". So what I did was get a 3/4" washer and with my drill press and a vise I carefully drilled out the washer with a 5/8" drill bit. This gave me a bushing that fit in the blade.

To  keep track of what I was doing I use a Sharpie and marked a few teeth that I wanted to bend.

I put a small screw into a piece of plywood protruding 1/16".
To get an accurate reading I  measured it with a caliper.                          

I used a piece of maple and with a hammer I pounded the saw blade.
I took quit a few hits to get  the bends I wanted.

 I installed the blade and was ready to test the blade. Below is just one example of the texture I got. I tried many different woods and got many results. I guess it depends on blade height, type of wood and maybe the speed you push the wood.
Now I have to find some projects to  use this wood!


  1. Thanks for this guide for the give lumber old saw mill look. Would like to see some other posts on the same subject! Thank you!

  2. This is really interesting and I like the detailed photos, too! I used it as reference to work on mine and turned out close to what was posted here.

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