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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 04-04-2010 02:45 AM 1261 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up these boards today from a friend. She bought them from a company that salvages the wood from old buildings. This particular chestnut came from a barn and was the flooring. Their website had pictures of the actual building it came from, but it has since been removed. The planks were 12’ x 10” x 2”. I took 5 boards and cut them into 6’ lengths. It is filthy, full of the old style nails, and has some major cracking. I have a hand held metal detector to be sure there is nothing lurking beneath the dirt.

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I used my ROS with 60grit to remove the filth-

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It cleaned up pretty well, enough so that I didn’t mind ripping it on the table saw, then gave a quick plane on both sides. What showed up was a nice light golden color with some worm holes and tracks, this will add some character.

The picture below shows : left- how I got it, middle- sanded off the dirt, right- planed and ready to use.

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Tomorrow I will resaw it and use this piece to make a box.
I don’t have any experience with this wood, if anyone has any tips on how it works please let me know.
Thanks,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com



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jack1

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 02:51 AM

You’ve got you work cut out for you or should I say sanding for you…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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patron

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 02:58 AM

i don’t know much about chestnut ,
but if you treat it like an exotic ,
you should be ok ?
at least it should be dry .
nice score .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Chris Wright

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 03:47 AM

I’ve used a little bit of wormy chestnut. It works great, can be a little stringy if you plan to carve it. It’s not to hard. Looks great though when it’s finished. Great score.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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eddy

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 03:59 AM

i just made a cutting baord from some works just like hickory. kinda on the hard side but not bad to work with

-- self proclaimed copycat

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scrappy

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 05:53 AM

Great score Lisa! Love to see reclaimed wood projects. Can’t wait to see the box and other stuff from this.

What do you mean box? I didn’t know you could spin yarn with a box?haha

Keep expanding your skills!

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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degoose

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 10:42 AM

I have a chestnut tree in the back yard but it is only 6 years old.. so will be a while afore I can mill it..
Nice score tho.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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ellen35

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 12:58 PM

Great score, Lisa!
Reclaimed wood is just so stable… I have a bunch of 70 yr old mahogany that is just incredible!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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SPalm

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 01:51 PM

Hey Lisa, Nice score. I have never worked with it either, but have always heard that it lays between hickory and walnut in workability. I guess because it is a nut tree.

But where is your zero clearance insert (pic #2)? You promised to be safe.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Eagle1

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 02:32 PM

Nice buy Lisa..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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deon

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#10 posted 04-04-2010 06:12 PM

Over here chestnut is a basic building article. It has been used for supporting beams for floors, doors and windows and furniture since the roman times. I work with it all the time. It should not have woodworm because it has a huge amount of tannic acid incorporated. The worms normally attack the little bit of sapwood that the planks have on the outside they but cannot eat the hardwood inside.Due to the tannic acid content this wood changes color in a dramatic way if exposed to amonia fumes (see my chessboard progect). It is stable once cut and moreover resists to umidity for hundreds of years. It has a beautifull honey color that can be enchanced by a knowing exposure to the abovementioned amonia fumes

-- Dreaming patterns

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deon

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#11 posted 04-04-2010 06:17 PM

I forgot to say -. It makes you sneeze when you work it But I recon that you know that allready

-- Dreaming patterns

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dustbunny

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#12 posted 04-04-2010 07:41 PM

Nice one SPalm,
you caught me,
I did a quick switch from my dado blade and insert,
grabbed the closest insert, my bad : (
You guys don’t miss a trick ! : )

Thanks everyone for the comments.
deon- the chessboard is stunning, mine must be wormy chestnut because it definitely has worm holes.
Uh…Larry, you’re growing your own lumber ?!!

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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lumberdustjohn

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#13 posted 04-05-2010 02:03 PM

Nice collection.
Make something pretty.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 04-05-2010 11:38 PM

Lisa, Can’t wait to see what you make.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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