Cleaning up reclaimed redwood siding

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Forum topic by Natoak posted 09-11-2009 08:50 PM 2107 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2009 08:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thickness planer reused wood reclaimed wood

Greetings all. Just joined LJ. Thanks all for the welcome.
A neighbor is residing her home and has a bunch of nice actual 1” tongue-and-groove rough redwood siding that she’s getting rid of. Is there anyway to effectively clean this up? It’s very clean – no rusted nails/screws – but I’ve always been under the impression that just about any used wood will destroy thickness planer blades. In the past, I’ve gone at such projects with a belt sander, but that is extremely time consuming. I’d like to make some simple projects – benches, coffee tables, etc. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 09-11-2009 10:01 PM

|It’s not true .It will be planed fine used or not. Why wouldn’t it plane up good?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 10:07 PM

Besides using a jointer a drum sander works well.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 12:59 AM

The wood, itself, will plane just fine. The problem with wood like this is not the wood but the dirt, grit and sand that gets embedded in the surface of the wood. Worst case is that it will dull a set of planer knives but, if it is as clean as you say, then you should not have any problem.

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 06:28 AM

I’d really go over those boards carefully looking for nails and such. That’
s how to really dull a planer! If you know anyone with a metal detector, invite him over.

I helped a guy years ago do this. We attacked the boards with a wire wheel in a drill first, to get the grit and paint sags out of the way. The old wood was full-size, so you should have no problem getting a “nominal” 1” thickness. And it’s usually old-growth. No knots, no sapwood. Great stuff.

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 06:33 AM

Thanks all for the comments and advice. I ended up using a pressure washer – worked extremely well.

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