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There is local postings for barn wood in my area on CL. I went to check it out and found it to be actual Barn wood as opposed to 2X4s left out to weather. There is everything from beams to 2×6, 2×8 and so on. The price seams to be right but I am curious as to how the wood will look. Obviously right now it is all grey from weather. If I buy this should I plan on planing it down or just sanding. Would this come out ok if I tried to resaw it or is that a no no? Are there some good projects made from barn wood I could look at to see what to expect. Would this be good wood to use for outdoor projects such as patio table. Right now all the lengths seem to be 12 foot plus. My only way to haul some of it is to cut on site and trailer it home. Could I use a chainsaw to rough cut. I am fairly new to wood working and would love to use some of this wood because of the recycling and character involved with this wood. How to people like barn wood for projects? Any info on projects with wood like this would be appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 872 days ago

You can check out my projects. Some are barnwood.

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#2 posted 872 days ago

ONE WORD: METAL DETECTORS Barn wood has NAILS and such. Find and remove all metal. ThenYou can resaw/ plane whatever. Sometimes achainsaw will work to rough size the wood to length. I have been doing “Barn Wood” for the past year. A couple CHEAP rip blades for the tablesaw/ circular saw is a good idea, as well. Sometimes, You get some VERY GOOD wood out of these items:

Table top glue up:

resawn 1 bys, aka The Stash

The inside of a beam..

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#3 posted 872 days ago

If I had this opportunity I would definitely pick some up. Including the beams, resawn they’d be nice for grain matching glue ups.

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#4 posted 872 days ago

What kind of wood is it?

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#5 posted 872 days ago

I know where 2 all wormy chestnut barns are Both have fallen and the owners wont sell as much splinter!! Some of the boards are 14” wide. Just roting away !!

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