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Forum topic by Mike posted 09-25-2013 01:28 AM 1281 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2013 01:28 AM

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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#1 posted 09-25-2013 09:35 PM

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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#2 posted 09-26-2013 01:13 AM

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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#3 posted 09-26-2013 01:20 AM

Let’s see some pictures! Great score!

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 02:20 AM

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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#5 posted 09-30-2013 01:18 AM

It would make great rustic picture frames!!

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#6 posted 10-07-2013 12:53 AM

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

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