Anyone out there take the time to try to artificially add grain lines (ie tree growth lines) to new wood to make it blend in better with old wood? I've had to add 2' to 3' sections of new wood to spruce rail caps on my 1906 HW. I didn't have wide enough spruce to do the job so I used a some bass wood that was wide enough. The original spruce was cut with the grain layers visible from the top and and runs parallel to the rail length. Problem is the grain in the bass wood is nowhere like that in the spruce, so I'll be very noticeable even if I nail the stain coloring. So I'm thinking of using a pencil (or something) to draw in artificial grain lines in the new wood to hopefully (along with wood stain) make the new wood blend in with the old spruce. Anybody have a technique they use? Use a pencil? or is there something better?