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#1 posted 07-20-2007 08:24 PM

Probably better to leave it unfinished because with all the moisture most finishes wouldn’t hold up well and would probably create a better environment for mold than the unfinished suface (especially under a topcoat of some kind – and even more so on flat -horizontal- surfaces where water would sit). I notice that around here in the Puget Sound – I always question why people even bother to top coat surfaces that end up looking really horrible after even a year (black mold and what have you)! It just makes you want to strip/sand it all off and let it do it’s own thing…the right wood can handle it!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-20-2007 10:02 PM

Think about the old barns, some over two hundred years old, no paint but they just weather gracefully and become more beautiful with each passing year. Sort of like my wife! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 07-21-2007 01:49 AM

I wonder what kind of wood that is….looks like a fir of some kind.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-21-2007 02:05 AM

or cedar?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#5 posted 07-21-2007 06:50 AM

Great workmanship. As long as the wood can dry out, it will not rot. I have a small (9’ X 9’) shed that was only a tin roof and 2 X 4 boards for the structure for five years. The 2 X 4’s are grey, but have no rot.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 07-21-2007 10:58 AM

Hi Jojo;
—-one of the things I learned from timber framing and post and beam, was the wood would and will take care of it’s own self.

The English Barns we have around New England have for the most part been left to weather in their natural state of being….some for two hundred and fifty plus years. Even when the barn is taken down and moved to a new location and put back up….the board and batten siding will usually be replaced and left natural to weather. How goes the wood? Well first from the color of fresh sawed new white pine to….grey and then weathered grey and then comes those beaut-i-full sheens of golden browns to dark browns and all is done with the natural grace of years in the elements of sun, rain and snow. I have found that as long as the wood can breathe, it will look after it’s own.

I love those scribe lines there, having done much of that in my past, renovating late 1700’s style Early American or Colonial saltbox, connected capes, post and beam homes….

Also those pictures add beauty and character to your words!
Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#7 posted 07-23-2007 02:07 PM

Hey guys, thanks for your comments and excuse my belated answer. Been busy lately.

I know that often it’s better to leave the wood unfinished and well ventilated ao it ages beautifully going through a whole palette of reddish browns till the old gray… and eventually rots.

Actually the traditional houses here are made with timber frames filled with a mix of (a sort of) adobe and straw. The exterior trimming is then applied on top of 1×2 and not sealed nor on top or the bottom, so is very well aired.

On the other hand, as I’ve said we “enjoy” a climate really really (2x) hot & humid in the summertime and cold & humid in winter. And even then the wood usually lasts easily for a hundred of years or more. So much for the choice of the species!

Regarding this last point don’t ask me yet. I have to ask my in-law and then find the translation. But eventually I will let you know.

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#8 posted 03-09-2008 10:25 PM

Here I am late again, but I’ve been missing a lot of things lately on this busy site.

I’ve been skipping around the site lately, & it’s kind of fun this way.

That board looks similar to some wood I burnished with right angle grinder with a wire brush .

You can age things real fast with an wire brush.

I also learned with the cedar benches I made, I didn’t put a finish on one of them,

& it looks better than the others.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 02:07 AM

Yep, a lot of (japanese) cedar is used here for the houses and temples and it is almost always left unfinished. This house wasn’t aged with the wire brush method though, you just ought to see the rest of it. You can bet they took the slow way to let it age. Slow as in a few hundreds of years… :o)

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#10 posted 03-10-2008 02:42 AM

It’s amazing how they have made things to last so long.

It’s not like this country, they keep tearing down, & rebuilding.

Like all of the sports stadiums, & hotels.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 03-13-2008 02:38 AM

Funny thing this greener-grass syndrome… Every time we see some new ”mansion” (a condominium here in Japan) being built where it used to be an old house we think the same… ;o)

But you’re right, there are quite a number of thousand years old pieces still around here. Its an ancient country with a lot of history behind.

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