Indiana Barn Wood Bench & Coat Rack

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Project by BGW posted 01-31-2016 01:53 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a project…but much of my work hasn’t been ‘woodworking’ in nature over the past few months (at least not woodwork that takes good pictures) ;-)

A few months ago, I bought out a friend who was in the Barn Reclamation business here in Indiana. I bought over 5,000 board feet of wood. Some of it I’ve already sold. One barn that came with the ‘bundle’ I am taking down to move it to my property and use it for a workshop. We are pretty excited about that! I’ve attached a couple pictures of that beautiful piece.

I really love working with reclaimed lumber. The metaphors run deep…taking old, 150 years plus, wood that’s been painted by God’s creative brush using wind and weather, and restoring it to good use for people to enjoy for another 150-200 years is special.

My friends…God is never done with us, no matter how rough our lives have been, just like we are seldom done working with the wood that we love. Have a great day!

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 03:06 PM

Absolutely love the barn. The bench and coat rack look great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 03:39 PM

What a beautiful old barn and what a gold mine of ‘experienced’ wood. Color me green with envy.

-- Ron, Montana

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 05:50 PM

nice project

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 08:53 PM

Really nice to hear you are are reusing the barn. You are lucky to have access to this piece of history!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 11:25 PM

Very nicely done. I like it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 02-01-2016 01:46 AM

I have always been curious to what you can buy a barn for. Would you please share what one could expect to pay a property owner for a old barn? I may have to do that sometime myself.

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#7 posted 02-01-2016 06:11 PM

Great looking piece BGW. I wish I had the space available for an entryway like this or a mud room.

Fancy Shoes: Some people sell them cheap and again some are very not so cheap. If you get lucky you can find them on craigslist for free if you demo and haul everything off. The expensive part is if the land comes with the barn, or if the barn is in good enough shape to use.

Soap Box :: Personally, I would only use barn wood that I have sourced locally. We live on a farm with some old property attached and people used to scavaged old wood/antiques hard. We burned down a couple places to deter tresspassers. Man I wish I had the wood back now.

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