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Timber Frame Barn Remodel #5: Small Steps Forward

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Blog entry by PoohBaah posted 06-12-2018 04:03 PM 2946 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There has been slow but somewhat steady progress the last two weeks in the barn. I have been able to allot a couple hours each week to try and work on the daunting task of trash removal and demolition. It took 3 separate sessions but I have finally gotten the old feed bunk removed. You can see from previous posts the strides that have been made.

It is really starting to open up the space. There is still a lot of debris, dust and garbage to clean up but all these small steps are starting to add up. My goal this week is to continue cleaning. I need to figure out what I am going to do with 60+ years of dirt and dust.

The next big step that I want to take is finish removing the decking on the second floor over the parking area and raise the joints up to their new location. I am torn a little here because part of me is saying to use the original 2×10’s that are oak and have all the old sawmill marks on them but there is also part that wants them for future projects and thinks it would be easier to go and buy pine since it is a barn that no one will really ever see and I know that there will be other areas that pine will be used to help brace and replace old rotten spots. What are ya’ll’s thoughts on it? Input is welcome and needed.

Once I get the floor moved up and out of the way I will be able to remove the support beam that is supporting nothing and open things up to their final dimensions.

Thanks for readying – Neil

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 04:26 PM

Can you afford to buy new pine to replace the oak 2×10s? I’d do it if possible, but wouldn’t cut any corners. You’re going to be living with the barn for years.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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EarlS

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 04:33 PM

I see a lot of old oak woodworking in you future if you go with the pine. I think I’d go with the pine since you can square everything up and get it level and all rather than having to deal with the problems that come with old beams. Plus the oak would look better in projects than in the barn. Just my 2 cents worth. Either way it will be a lot of work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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PoohBaah

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 04:40 PM

Yes I have been salvaging as much of the oak as possible for the furniture building endgame. THis is why I am leaning towards using the pine. The mantel in my home actually came from this barn so I really want to make some Arts & Crafts inspired end and coffee tables so everything will match. While it is not all quarter sawn I have found some and it will be displayed prominently.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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EarlS

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 05:42 PM

Neil – check out some of the Limbert tables. Also – Kevin Rodel did some articles for one of the wood working magazines (Fine Woodworking – Taunton Press??) and there are plans you can buy of his designs. A new QSWO coffee table and some end tables are on my to-do list.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 06-12-2018 06:47 PM



Neil – check out some of the Limbert tables. Also – Kevin Rodel did some articles for one of the wood working magazines (Fine Woodworking – Taunton Press??) and there are plans you can buy of his designs. A new QSWO coffee table and some end tables are on my to-do list.

- EarlS

I have been subscribed to Fine Woodworking for many years now and usually every winter I will pull out the old magazines and thumb through them just for ideas and things to build in the coming year.

I am really a fan of this design. Its simple yet classic.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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EarlS

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#6 posted 06-12-2018 06:56 PM

Those tables would look great and cover both G&G and Craftsman style while showing off the QSWO. I might just have to show my better half those tables and see what she thinks of them.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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PoohBaah

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 10:56 AM

That pile of dirt that you can see in the middle was 10, 5 gallon buckets worth of filth. It took me 2 trips to the woods to dispose of it all. Now I need to move on to sweeping on the other side of the barn.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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PoohBaah

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 01:28 PM



Can you afford to buy new pine to replace the oak 2×10s? I’d do it if possible, but wouldn’t cut any corners. You’re going to be living with the barn for years.

- Dave Polaschek

Dave, Menards is currently running 2”x10”x16’ southern yellow pine for $18 each. I am going to look at it that I can’t buy oak for that price, especially old growth oak.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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duckmilk

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 07:05 PM

Like you said, no one will be seeing it, so if the pine works out, go with it.
A lot of old barns were constructed using multiple species of wood.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 06-14-2018 12:50 AM

Sounds like a plan, Neil. Might want to leave some of the oak in place as a “retirement fund” or some such, though.

It’s shaping up nicely. Hope to be able to see it in person some day. My sweetie’s sister lives near Indianapolis, so we’ll end up driving almost right past you when we go visit her.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 06-15-2018 06:33 PM

When you get through fixing that barn up you will have a wonderful work space. It also has a lot of character.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 06-19-2018 01:12 AM

This is just going to be awesome when you can get into it and work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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