200 + year old pine

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Forum topic by Daveswoodcraft posted 06-26-2014 06:42 PM 652 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2014 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: heart pine old growth reclaimed floor pine

Hi all

I live in a old New Englander in New Hampshire, from the dates I have been given and the cut nails in the attic floor it is somewhere between 200 -220 years old.

The attic has a floor that has been nailed down all that time so it is old groth pine for sure cut fromt he Lings pine forest used for ship masts. Anyhow i want to use some if that pine for a new hutch and dinning table for our house, not sure where to start with the lumber once it is up off the floor I know that those cut nails can be hte dickens to get out without splitting the lumber. Some of the baords are 14-16” wide by 12-14 ’ long

How do I clean it up without losing the “old “look, I figure I will fill the nail holes with 2 part epoxy mixed with black paint but that is all I have for ideas at this point.

Thanks for the help


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#1 posted 06-26-2014 08:31 PM

Ive heard of guys powerwashing it to remove all the dirt. I personally use a belt sander to get most of it off. Neither will really effect it the “look” but will get most of the dirt off. As for the cut nail, if you cant pull them through sometimes you can send them through with a punch and a hammer.

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