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#1 posted 06-22-2012 05:40 PM

I went back. The planks are 2”x9”x15’ (actual dims). They seem really flimsey. I know that with a board that long there is bound to be some flex, but these had quite a bit. Also the end grain edge was checked badly. Of course that can be cut off but there was some serious splitering and cracking along the long edge as well. Sure, there’s going to be a lot of waste to bring these pieces square… but really!!! I passed on the planks and bought a few 2×4x8 (actual dims). I can see these easily being planed and jointed together to make a nice workbench top! I can also handle the 4” width in my bandsaw to re-saw if I choose.

So tell me, do the planks sound typical for barn board? Flimsey with significant checking and deep cracking on the long edge? I can’t see them being resawn and its going to take a lot of jointing and planing to get these planks workable.

-- Eric

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