Looking for a source of weathered juniper or cedar fence posts.

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Forum topic by Spoontaneous posted 12-29-2011 04:00 AM 2394 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2011 04:00 AM

I am looking for a source of weathered fence posts… enough to make 40 spoons or so. I’d like to find some with interesting weathering that doesn’t penetrate too deeply into the ‘good’ wood. The weathering would become the handles and the spoon bowl would be out of the inner wood. I’d appreciate knowing about any possible sources. Thanks a lot!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 04:15 AM

Where are you on this planet!!??? Email me with your address and I might be able to help you. Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 06:50 AM

To bad you’re not on the west coast! Juniper in Oregon is considered a weed, they kill and burn it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 12-29-2011 07:55 AM

Make your own weathering. Take one gallon of household vinegar and dissolve a pad of 0000 steel wool in it. Put the pad into the gallon of vinegar and let it steep for 24 hours. Cover the opening with a cloth and string or rubber band. Not the original cap. Put the solution in a plastic sprayer and lightly wet the wood. As the solution dries it will turn gray and then darker. Try it on a test piece first. Add water to the sprayer to dilute for your desired effect. I bet you’ll like it…........

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 08:10 AM

I agree with redryder. I had a friend (she passed away with cancer, sadly) that used to make furniture from old barn wood. She would search high and low for sources….but when things got tough as far as available supplies – she did as red says (although I think she added some ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to enhance the acid in the vinegar base)......and made her own patina…it really looks like the wood has been weathering for some time….then she would distress the wood by scratching it and making impressions in the wood….she was very creative with the preparation.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 12-29-2011 09:48 PM

Try craigslist. They often have old fencing people will give you for free just to get rid of it.

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 04:40 AM

Contact a fencing contractor. They pay to have old fences hauled away.

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