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Forum topic by habib posted 04-15-2013 08:06 AM 880 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2013 08:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed

Before I sell my parents house I’m planning on ripping out some of the old oak and walnut boards we used when building it 30 years ago. Some of the wood was more than 8/4. Here’s the question though, it’s been in the barn so covered, but some of it has caked in mud from 30 years and some just has that seasoned appearance with the crud that builds up over 30 years. Is it wrong to wash it off with the hose or should I just try to hand plane it clean before tossing it onto the jointer?

The tough part will be going through and making sure I get all the nails out first.

What other steps do I need to follow for reclaiming this? It’s a lot. I’m hoping to buy a jointer this week to help.

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 12:48 PM

You can pressure wash it without too many problems. I like to run a belt sander over any reclaimed wood to get the last bits of rocks and dirt off. It will also tear the belt if you hit a nail which is good insurance because belts are much cheaper than jointer knives.

If you do find some nails obviously dig them out, but if you break them off, you can send them in a little deeper with a hammer and a punch. Just know where they are when you run them over the jointer and make sure youre not cutting too deep.

Good luck.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 12:55 PM

Sorry for the first sloppy post. I tend to have a short attention span and frequently miss things. While I’m selling their house, we have a barn we built on the property about 30 years ago. That’s what I want to rip some of the oak and walnut out of. We’d gotten a great deal from a local sawmill when we built it since we knew him for years. I’m not ripping the wood out of the house :)

Thanks Chrisstef

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 01:05 PM

Get your hands on a metal detector, too. The expense is well worth the frustration (not to mention money and ensuing downtime) of having to send your jointer and/or planer blades out for resharpening. Even if you resharpen yourself, getting nicks out is a real PITA, especially on the jointer blades.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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