I'm not much of a tutorial writer. It's just not my forte. I'm also a hands-on learner.
I have to do it myself to really learn it.
So here are some photos of how to distress wood.
Take a basic piece of wood. This is a pine scrap from our shop.
Get angry at the piece of wood. Hit it with hammers, and scratch it or bang it with multiple screwdrivers and blunt objects. We have a metal chain duct-taped to a mallet that I can just drop on it. I used to put screws in plastic bags and hit wood, until my hands bled one too many times from screws poking through the plastic bags.
Stain it if you like...this one isn't nearly as dark as I could have allowed it to be. (read: I don't really like how this looks...) I just wanted a more easily photographed demo of how when you stain distressed wood, the stain will sink in and be darker than the general area.
I just love staining things.
What would you use distressed wood to make?