Barn board Furniture

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Project by gmerteng posted 11-24-2009 04:40 PM 10883 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You cannot be from wisconsin without building a piece of barn board furniture. I thought this was going to be a pretty straight forward project until i realized i could not dimension the wood without losing the patina, and believe me these boards are not the same size. Even a single board is not the same thickness from one end to the other. Not to mention that they were not straight either. So it was quite a challenge.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 04:43 PM

Very nice looking project. Love the texture of the old wood.

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 04:50 PM

Very nice work.

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 05:07 PM

Looks like you were up to the challenge

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 07:40 PM

Nice pie cabinet. Like the tin work on the door.

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 08:00 PM

Fantastic, you did a great job, I love the red on the inside. I have a couple freinds that have promised me som barn boards, I look forward to building some benches with it.

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 08:12 PM

very nice – how did you finish?

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 08:18 PM

The finish is polyurethane, 6 coats the first 3 looked like i didnt put anything on at all i dont know where it all went.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 10:18 PM

Very nice looking cabinet. The aged lumber gives it an excellent appearance. What type of wood is barn wood? I’m sure it doesn’t come from a barn tree.

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 10:41 PM

It comes from the old barns around here which there are plenty of seeing most of the dairy business moved to california.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 02:46 AM

Nice looking, I like that style.

I’ve been considering making something out of barn wood but haven’t come up with anything yet, must be in my Wisconsin blood. The Habitat for Humanity Restore in West Allis has a pile of it so I at least have a easy place to get it.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 03:42 AM

What do they charge for the stuff at the habitat for humanity restore for the barn board?

How did you clean up the wood so it would accept stain/finish, but still keep the texture? I am researching doing my inlaws cabin floor with reclaimed lumber, and am trying to determine if I want to keep the old texture and keep it more rustic, or plane it down and hope for really pretty grain.

BTW, very nice looking pie safe. It looks very antique!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#12 posted 11-25-2009 03:48 AM

rusitic but charming

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#13 posted 11-25-2009 01:38 PM

I didnt clean the wood i just put the poly on as it was and it seemed to work out.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 11:18 PM


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