Reclaimed Barn Wood fun

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Project by Tooch posted 11-07-2013 10:56 AM 1169 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted a topic a while back asking about how I can find Barnwood locally. At the advice of several LJs, I did some looking on Craigslist and responded to a couple ads. I found a lady with a huge barn that needed demolished, but when I got there I realized she didn’t mention the roof had caved in and so had the floor. I really didn’t feel safe trying to putz around with it, but I was able to grab a couple pieces and this is the end result.

The Barn was originally erected in the 1890s, so that makes this somewhere around 115-125 yr old Oak. the stuff looked pretty rough when I got it, but then I planed it down and realized what all the fuss was about. The only thing coating these pieces is 3 coats of Polyurethane… no stain on any of it. I’ve recently started playing around with torching my projects, which is where the darker color comes from on the second coat rack. The last two pics are a simple lazy susan for my buddy’s new camp.

I actually pulled the hooks out of the garbage when one of our Elementary schools closed down, so other than the little bit of glue I used and the hardware for the lazy susan, these three projects cost next to nothing to make. I couldn’t believe how cool this stuff looked!

She recently called me back and told me a company came in to tear it [the barn] down for her, but left a couple piles of lumber that are still there. I just picked up another truck load last night, so I’m excited to see what surprises it will bring.

Thanks for looking, comments and suggestions welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 12:34 PM

A great find, congrats, very nice coat rack and Susan.

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 04:54 PM

Thanks, hopefully I get some more pleasant surprises when I plane down the next batch!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 03:54 PM

They’re fantastic, like the look of old barn wood. Can’t wait to see more great projects out of those free woods.

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