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Forum topic by boroughdan posted 08-14-2013 10:23 PM 3897 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2013 10:23 PM

I got some boards from a lumber yard that were stored outside. They are dirty. I tried spraying the board with the hose but that didn’t do it. I could get it pretty quick by running it through the planer but I hear dirty wood is murder on blades. Any advice?

Also I tried sanding, but the stuff is kind of rough so it would take a while to get a layer off.

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1699 posts in 1981 days

#1 posted 08-14-2013 10:40 PM

Wire brush then spray with a a high pressure nozzle? That’s what I did with some old barn wood I reclaimed and it got it much closer to being clean.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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3599 posts in 2513 days

#2 posted 08-14-2013 10:42 PM

How about a picture?
Smaller stuff I would use a belt sander. Larger stuff I would use a draw knife and then the planer.
If it’s too large run it through the bandsaw and take off a veneer then sand or plane it.
(Hint, don’t use your best band saw blade).

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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14940 posts in 2716 days

#3 posted 08-15-2013 12:49 AM

That’s where I use the drum sander and some 50 grit paper.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 12:58 AM

Bust out a belt sander with 36 or 40 grit and let’er rip. If you have no planer, take it to a cabinet shop when you have it “clean” A couple of passes won’t( shouldn’t) cost much.
Planer blades are often A2 or D2. A lil dirt cant mess with it much unless its an oily wood. Oily wood makes its own “rubbing compound” out of dirt. Ebony, Rosewood, Cocobolo,mesquite, certain Cordias etc can whip a blade if there is sand-dirt involved.

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18351 posts in 1882 days

#5 posted 08-15-2013 01:22 AM

I use a brush that goes on my angle grinder. It is kind of like a wire brush but is made of plastic bristles impregnated with some sort of abrasive. It is made for working on a log home. Wire brush on angle grinder would work too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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3812 posts in 1987 days

#6 posted 08-15-2013 03:06 AM

Bill that sounds like a good idea, but that brush costs $50 for the ones I could find. Good wire brushes do too, but seems like they would hold up longer.

When I was searching I found this LJ link from a similar question. Recommended drum sander, belt sander, and cheap planer and/or old planer blades among other things.

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#7 posted 08-15-2013 03:13 AM

Yeah it is expensive, but I bought it about 13 years ago and it is still good. I brushed my whole log home with it, another guy used it for his house and its still usable. All those ideas should work too.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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