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Forum topic by Norskellunge posted 03-08-2012 04:36 AM 2015 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2012 04:36 AM

Topic tags/keywords: barn barnwood reclaim reclaimed table dining room vintage old worn weathered

Hello fellow plaid-wearers:

I recently got my first real job after college and am putting together my new place. Paying tons of money for new furniture that is so poorly built that it should be given away for free isn’t my thing, so I’ll be building my own. Plus, moving to small-town Wisconsin and being a young buck gives me a bit too much time on my hands and a serious need for a good project(s).

My Craigslist patience has paid off and I’ve finally managed to snag an old barn door with worn wood, gnarly bolts & nails, and tons of character. It’s in one piece, and after I build a support, it will make for a great table top.

I have woodworking experience, but very little experience in finish, varnish, stains, all that good stuff. I want to keep as much of the character as possible in the wood, but I also need it to be functional and clean enough to finish. I’d like to know how you pros would go about tackling this project while keeping the integrity of the wood’s history, from start to finish – I’d sure appreciate the help.



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#1 posted 03-08-2012 12:41 PM

I’ll send you some picks later

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 07:58 PM

Scrub it well with a stiff bristle brush and dishwasher detergent; rinse it; let it dry completely; and finish with either a satin waterborne or oil poly.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 08:23 PM

weathered barn wood in wisconsin…most likely open grain pine…I think you’ll see that it will “gulp” any finish you try to apply…sanding sealer is cheaper than varnish so do that first whatever you do… or consider the Wisconsin thing and go with an epoxy finish (the amish use it a lot…too high gloss for my taste but it is durable).

where abouts in Wisconsin btw?

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 01:52 AM

Thanks for the replies, more input is welcome.

teejk, I moved to Chippewa Falls from Green Bay, so a little bit of a different lifestyle for me these days.

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 02:07 AM

This is what I did with mine

-- Russel C

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 02:15 AM

Hydro, That door/wall is awesome i love it!

-- "I work so I can fish"!

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 02:56 AM

Thanks kickback this door came out of an old train depot it weighs almost 700lb it is 10’x10’

-- Russel C

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