Keeping the beautiful patina of pallet wood but removing splinters

by Sally
The surface of pallet wood is often unsafe to touch. The splinters are killers. How can I sand it down but keep that rustic appearance?
  5 answers
  • You cannot sand the finish without loosing the rough texture of the woods surface. Only thing you can do is to seal the finish using a clear coating. This will darken the wood also. So test in a small spot you will not see to determine what the final look will end up being.
  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Jul 14, 2014
    you can sand them smoother, but then take steel wool soaked in vinegar and rub over the wood, ages it and will put back the patina. You can use balsamic vinegar and black tea to make an aged appearance...also put the color water color you want in vinegar and it will give you a nice stain. I put a small copper fitting in vinegar and after setting for a while I had a beautiful calypso blue.
  • Linda Skinner Linda Skinner on Jul 15, 2014
    The only way I would do is run the boards thru a planer {sanding machine} then use the steel wool/vinegar treatment on them.
  • Paul Paul on Oct 06, 2016
    Hello Sally, Pioneer Wood Patina makes a safe, water based powder concentrate which ages the surface of the wood. It has no odor like the vinegar/ steel wool receipe and ends up with a nice brown/ grey color. So, you can sand all of the patina off to get a nice smooth board, then apply Pioneer Wood Patina to get it back. You can buy it at Click my profile to see a project that I did just like the one you are doing here.
  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Oct 07, 2016
    I used pine sheathing and cut them in 6 inch Lowes they will cut for free. I got the 3/8 thick pine has a nice grain and is smooth. I am doing a plank wall in my kitchen and wanted something more uniform in depth. The two 4x8 sheets that I needed was a little more then 20.00 for both..and a whole lot less trouble. I will either use the vinegar and 0000 steel wool after useing black tea or white wash them, I have not yet decided.
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    • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Oct 07, 2016
      I just had them cut the widths . But you can ask. The sheathing comes in 4 x 8 size..I got two and had them cut in 6 inch widths..I can cut them to the lengths I need because of fitting them around the window.