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Bill White

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 10:28 PM

Just depends. I know that ya wanted to hear that….........
Most times I will use a wire brush to “dust off” all the crap that has accumilated then , I’ll run the wood thru the planer to “skip plane” the stuff. That will leave me with an idea as to what I have to work. Planing will leave a representation as to what the material will will yield.
I’m one of those wierd guys who wants to leave some of the characteristics (did I spell that right?), and work with what I have.
I built a great old dining table from some floor sills that were used in a church built on the Maryland shore about 1840. Left nail holes and some saw marks. Ya ain’t gonna pry that from Maggie’s dining room.
Old wood is GREAT wood.


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