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Topic tags/keywords: recycled reclaimed lumber barn wood

I lucked into a bunch of timbers from this old corral. They’re all full 3” thick, 8” wide, and most between 6 and 7 feet. I think I can find a few uses for this. I think it is cedar.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#1 posted 992 days ago

Rock on!!!!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 992 days ago

Just like buried treasure. I’ll bet there are some beautiful pieces of furniture hidden in those old boards.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 991 days ago

Very nice !
I can’t wait to see some of the projects coming from that nice wood.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#4 posted 991 days ago

Wow! That was one seriously thick fence. Have you figured out what type of wood it is?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 991 days ago

Very Nice pile of wood there. Might be time to invest in a metal detector??!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#6 posted 991 days ago

First board ran through the planer… looks like pine. It surprises me because this wood has been out in the elements basically untreated for about 50 years. I thought pine would have rotted out to nothing by now.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#7 posted 697 days ago

This reclaimed wood furniture is made up of hard wood. It’s a tough wood and after the finishing it looks nice.

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#8 posted 697 days ago

Best of luck with your treasure find. Beautiful pieces coming soon …

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#9 posted 697 days ago

Nice score! Id suggest cleaning the dirt off with a belt sander before hitting the planer. That dirt will dull your knives quickly.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 696 days ago

Bones, you mentioned you thought it was cedar, then pine. I’m thinking maybe Douglas fir. Ruff sawn it has the appearance of cedar but feels heavier. Doug fir handles the weather better than pine (doug fir is in the pine family) and we usually use something sturdier that cedar for corral planks.

As mentioned above cleaning before planing is a good idea. Dirt is hell on planer knives. I wire brush everything before planing if any grains of dirt are present.

Use your planer in a well ventilated area, there may be some chemical residue lurking from solutions used to spray the cows for ticks, bugs, etc.

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

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