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10-02-2013 04:43 PM

Ok wife loves the reclaimed look and we need some nightstands.

This is probably a basic question but for some reason I can’t wrap my head around it. What I do not get is once you cut the reclaimed wood what do you do with the edges or ripped side? Am I wrong in assuming only the outer portion of the wood is going to be gray’d or whatever?


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#1 posted 10-02-2013 06:30 PM

You are absolutely correct. I worked on one of these projects before to me its a nightmare and I hate the look and thought of reclaimed lumber. But enough of that you probably want a solution to your problem. For the sides you can just leave the outer two boards un-jointed/un-planed and you will have the edges that she is looking for. for the end grain you can cut off the weathered ends and use them as edge banding. On the project that we did we left the ends un edge banded I wanted to glue it on but the “powers that be” were against it. Good luck!

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#2 posted 10-02-2013 06:45 PM

Is it white vinegar and steel wool that gray the edges. Wet the wool in the vinegar and rub the wood. I can’t remember but seems like it was the answer in another project. Experiment a bit.

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#3 posted 10-02-2013 07:56 PM

The first thing I do with any reclaimed lumber, like barn siding, is to plane off the weathered gray stuff. Because, under than old gray, nasty looking stuff is some of the finest patina-ed wood you will ever find

Top and aprons are just old barn siding. One coat of a BLO/varnish mix.

Yep, just plane off about a 1/16 or so, and find some buried treasures, assuming that you do remove ALL metal stuff first…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 10-02-2013 08:57 PM

Don’t forget to check for screws and nails, things can go bad if you don’t!

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#5 posted 10-02-2013 09:09 PM

I like to take off enough of the greyed wood to expose the great aged color, but leave the scars and a little of what usually has saw marks from a mill. This way you get a little of both. Sometimes people want all of the weathering and scars gone, but are happy and impressed with knowing where the wood came from, what it used to look like and what it looks like now.

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

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#6 posted 10-03-2013 02:03 AM

I just found about 192 liner foot of 1*6 oak boards I am in need of a planner. to clean up. I am going to try the steel wool and vinger

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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#7 posted 10-03-2013 02:17 AM

Be aware that weathered wood contains dirt from the outdoors. That dirt will ruin you planer knives in a few minutes. I suppose the helical type heads might hold up better and of course carbide if you happen to have those. Conventional steel knives will be history in a few feet.

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