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Mike

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330 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wormy chestnut finish question finishing milling refurbishing

I was given a large pick up truck load of wormy chestnut lumber by a friend. It was was wainscoting (sp) and trim in his family room. It’s all 3/4” thick tongue & groove and has some kind of finish on it that comes right off after a trip through the planer. I have almost no experience working with the stuff and I really want to do this old wood some justice. I have all different lengths, some almost 7 feet long some only 8 inches long by 4 inches wide. I was thinking maybe some boxes and picture /mirror frames. Any certain finishes work better on it than others? All comments/suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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palaswood

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#1 posted 330 days ago

What a great score! I’m green with envy. But alas I have never worked with chestnut either (that I know of, I get some of unidentified woods when I get salvage).

I had a bunch of flooring samples with tongue & grooved sides, and I ripped off the T&G on my table saw, so now I have a bunch of flat edged squares/rectangles in various species, sizes, thicknesses.

I’m thinking now I could have left the T&G on – its a great way for joining boards, glue or no.

Good luck with whatever you plan on doing with it – but something like chestnut would make a nice buffet table or chest, maybe something like that, if you have enough.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 329 days ago

I had some wormy chestnut and made fireplace bellows with it, among other small crafty things. It burns easily in table saw and router. I put a gloss lacquer finish on it.

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richardwootton

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#3 posted 329 days ago

Let’s see some pictures! Great score!

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Mike

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#4 posted 329 days ago

Will post some tomorrow. I have to go up in the loft of the barn to snap a few pics of it

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 325 days ago

It would make great rustic picture frames!!

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Mike

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#6 posted 318 days ago

sorry it took me a few days to get around to posting pics, but here’s a few as promised

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