I had been kicking around the idea of using some old wood rescued from my great grandparents old homestead to use on the sides of my bed. There are several nice straight planks laying in a old chicken coupe. The wood is perfect the way it looks all gray right now. As soon as I cut it, there will be those fresh bright ends. While the rpu isn't completely traditional, I have several elements I am using that were my Dad's, granddad's on both sides as well as other men in our family. One example are the motor mounts made from pieces of old T frame rail that once made up rafters in an old shed my Grandpa had built. Aside from just letting time take its course, is there a way to speed up the process to make the ends of the wood look like it was cut long ago? I didn't really like the idea of painting it gray. You can only hide so much with careful planning and placement.