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735 days ago

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I landed a jackpot with some beautiful barnwood that I saved from a fire pit. I have a few ideas of projects I’d like to attempt but this is my first real experience with reclaimed barnwood. My question is how do I

clean and prep it? I want to make it so it’s smooth to the touch but I also want to keep the natural graying affect is has. Appreciate any help.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#1 posted 735 days ago

You might try a wire brush, but you are not going to be able to bet it baby-bottom-smooth and keep the gray.

-- Danny, Located in Perry, GA, Forester, Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill

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#2 posted 735 days ago

I think anything you do to smooth it will remove some if not all of the gray. It will still look old, but it wont have the patina.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 735 days ago

grab a especially dirty sample …
wire bush and always go with the grain. follow that with hand sanding,then shop brush and tack cloth.
give it a coat of varnish or shellac
will look great.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 735 days ago

A handheld metal detector is a good idea too if you value your bits and blades.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#5 posted 732 days ago

Thanks for the hints all. Never even thought about the metal. On closer inspection there are quite a few small nails.

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#6 posted 732 days ago

This is made from Barn Wood…

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