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Forum topic by greenwoodchuck posted 05-23-2011 10:48 PM 1517 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2011 10:48 PM

anyone ever do any projects with this?

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 10:57 PM

Many years ago, in another life, I built the wainscot in my house, board and batten style, from white oak barn siding. That stuff sure was tough on the planer though…’bout a hundred years old, and harder’n woodpecker lips!

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 11:11 PM

I use lots and lots of barn board 100 – 150 years old . I also use a lot of new cedar now too .

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#3 posted 05-24-2011 07:49 AM

Why sure, I just had an old barn given to me a couple weeks ago. The owner was going to sell but said that it had worms holes in it.

It comes in handy making birdfeeders, birdhouses, picture frames, etc…
BTW welcome to Lumberjocks greenwoodchuck.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 05-24-2011 12:21 PM

That,s the nicest birdfeeder i have ever seen !

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#5 posted 05-24-2011 03:03 PM

Ive used reclaimed lumber for a handful of projects myself. Dont use your good blades to rough cut it i cant tell you how much money ive lost from cutting embedded nails and such.

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#6 posted 05-24-2011 03:26 PM

I’ve got the Holy Grail of barn wood in inventory—- chestnut.

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#7 posted 05-24-2011 04:02 PM

What do you experts use to gray the freshcut endgrain? I’ve used vinegar with steel wool pretty successfully, but wonder if there’s a better way.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#8 posted 05-24-2011 05:26 PM

Lee, I try to plan for it or hide it with a newer piece of a different species. If I can’t, I have a can of stain that they matched the old gray pretty good for me from the paint store

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 03:06 PM

Old barn or fence wood scares me to death, not so much the metal though. Most of it is oak, red, white, doesn’t matter much.
With the changes in weather the checks open and close by the moisture content, the trouble comes when you have dust blown around when the checks are open; it invades the lumber and is locked in forever. Should your local soil contain much silicate it’s even worse.
White oak is handicaped in the first place; it draws silicate from the soil and locks it into the wood. Industrial planer operators hate it esspecialy when it’s been on sticks in the open; the checks in open grained woods tend to open up in the first month or so on sticks, then close as the moisture begins to equlize through the piece, bad news.
If you really want to see something view a piece of oak under some magnification. It’s tough on planer knives not so much because it’s ‘hard’ but mostly due to it’s abrasive nature.

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