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Posted on Cleaning up an Old Barn Beam

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 03:46 AM

I’ve recently went through this same thing recently with some old beams that have been sitting in my garage since way before I bought the place. The one I started working on was so dirty that it was almost black. I sanded off as much crap I could with 80 grit and then smoothed it out. Just for grins I hit it with some clear shellac and it turned it this amazing deep red color and the brought out the rather interesting grain patterns. I loved it so much that I’ve used some of the shorter pieces for floating shelves.

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