Cleaning up old boards

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Forum topic by Mdsa posted 08-31-2015 09:37 PM 564 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2015 09:37 PM

Helped dismantle an old shed and came home with lots of rough cut pine. Most is actual size: real 2×4’s, real 1×8’s. Stored it on a trailer under a tarp for a week until I could measure and see what I actually had; however, the top boards turned green. I assume decades of spores and other mophous got some moisture and grew. I was hoping to leave the rough cut texture for my projects, but these boards are not healthy as is. I can plane them, and lose the rough texture. Wash them I will probably get some warp.

Is there a way to clean old lumber?

Thank you

-- Brian

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#1 posted 08-31-2015 09:48 PM

Wash it down with TSP (tri sodium phosphate), let dry with stickers between layers to allow air circulation.
You could spray with a bleach/water mix as well.


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