Rustic Sanding

Rustic brushing with steel brushes is something that is getting used more and more in furniture production today.


Rustic Sanding

Rustic brushing with steel brushes is something that is getting used more and more in furniture production today. Here are some examples of machines being used. There are many different kinds of steel brushing and rustic brushing. QuickWood makes different machines for all of them.

CS-600 (23″)- Rustic Sanding

CS1-900 ( 35″)

Automatic Rustic Sanding

A very simple machine with just one spindle across the belt can be mounded with a steel brush or any other QuickWood abrasive tool for rustic sanding and finishing sanding.

Rustic Sanding

These small machines are great for small jobs of rustic sanding.

The more industrial version for bigger production is

CDI-1300 Rustic Sanding


rustic sanding machine

This machine is made up of 3 heads with powerful motors to handle the steel gauging out the wood. The first 2 heads are steel brushes and the last head is an abrasive brush to clean up the wood after its done being gauged. These are just two examples of rustic sanding machines made by QuickWood. Others are available upon request.

If you are looking for a machine to do rustic sanding, QuickWood has different models available.

Rustic Sanding

Guide To Distressing Wood


This is a quick guide on the use of QuickWood wire and steel brushes for use in distressing raw wood.

This process can make new wood look old. It can also be used on installed flooring or assembled furniture to make it weathered.

First step in the process in making wood look old:

  • First you need to determine the species of wood you will be working with.
  • The following is a list of the more popular species considered hardwoods: Aspen, oak, maple, alder, ash, beech, birch, cherry, chestnut, elm, hickory, mahogany, red oak, poplar, walnut, basswood, cottonwood, and dogwood.
  • For hard wood, use the steel brushes here
  • You can choose a 2”head or 4” head depending on what you are doing.
  • Remember, the steel heads are fairly heavy so unless you are doing flooring I recommend you stick with the 2” head.

We will start this guide talking about Hard Wood distressing

  • First you get a QuickWood head with steel brushes attached and use the 1/2” pin supplied to attach the head to your drill.
  • When you want to distress wood, make sure your work piece is secure as the steel brushes will put torque on the wood as you start removing material.
  • Find the grain of the wood and run the steel head with the gain over the wood surface with very slight downward pressure. Make the RPM of the head do the work.
  • Test the distressing first in one area to see how much wood is being removed. To remove more material, stay in the same spot longer. To remove less wood, move the head faster over the surface and don’t let the steel brushes dig too deep.
  • The result should be removal of the softer wood (summer) and the harder wood (winter) should still be in place in lines that follow the grain in the length of your work piece.
  • After successfully distressing, we recommend a P180 grip flap wheel to clean up the wood and make it ready for stain and sealer coat.
  • The P180 grit flap wheel can also be used for sealer sanding or sanding in between coats of lacquer.
  • Here is the link for flapwheel heads that will fit your QuickWood head.
  • 2” QuickWood head
  • 4” QuickWood head
  • After the work piece has been cleaned with a P180 grip flap wheel it is ready for stain or sealer to be applied.
  • Use the P180 flap wheel for sanding in between coats as the flapwheels are flexible and you will see how nice the tool works for final sand and cleanup of the weathered parts to make ready for top coat.
  • This process described here can be used on hard wood floors, beams, furniture, cabinets and anything else made of hard wood that you want to distress.

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