Wood looks better as it ages, writes finisher Jeff Jewitt. He often has to match an old look when fabricating missing parts for antique furniture, and in this article, he explains how he does it. He matches the original surface texture, such as tool marks, first, and pays attention to patina. Dyes, bleach, and light can change the color of the wood. Jewitt talks about when and how to distress the surface and how to finish the job with a glaze, to duplicate the depth of color in old wood. Multiple photos illustrate each step.

From Fine Woodworking #127