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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 03-21-2013 01:56 AM 2566 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2013 01:56 AM

I got some reclaimed barn wood oak to build a dining table. Some of the boards were floor boards and are pretty dirty. Should I pressure wash, scrub or ??? I wire brushed a small area and a lot of dirt and debris came loose. Thanks for ideas.

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 02:20 AM

Put some old blades in your jointer/planer and get it down to “bare” wood. Nobody wants to smell the barn during dinner. lol

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 08:17 PM

To preserve some of the character of “old” or “salvaged” wood, try sandblasting. A limited amount of blasting will remove most dirt and debris, yet retain the rustic appearance of the original barn. I assume for a table you will finish with a durable amount of polyurethane (like 3-4 coats) which will get rid of any odor or unsanitary aspects of “barn” wood. Be certain the varnish the under-side of the table top to control cupping (warpage).

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