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    Barnwood ideas....

    I just ran a cross a woman that plan on building a guest house for her country home, only problem is the location she has selected is currently occupied by an old, old barn. A really large old, old barn, I think it measures 25' X 120'. It's got a ton of old tools and such in it and unfortunately some one has laid claim to them, but for the privilege of tearing the barn down she said I could keep the wood. Now question is I have been thinking about what I could do with the wood aside from just selling it, and was hoping you all might have some ideas on really cool projects that would take advantage of this vintage wood. Any ideas would be appreciated....

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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    Have you identified what kind of wood is in the barn? I've done a couple of these "dismantle for the wood" projects. Both had some nice surprises. The first one I undertook was for the chestnut flooring and the surprise was the heart pine full-dimension 2x4 studs and 2x10 floor joists. The second one was a barn that I salvaged for the weathered pine cladding; I had a buyer for it. The VERY nice surprise was that most of posts and beams were black walnut - some of them 6x10 and approaching 12 feet long.

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    WOW! And WOW, Chris...

    Beings as I'm in a smart A$$ed mood my very first incline was to

    suggest..............are you ready for this?????..........

    Little barns for Christmas decorations. Table top stuff.

    Or little real wood buildings for Christmas villages. Add a light to each one and VOLA!

    Take care, dismanteling a barn could be hazardous.

    Nice score!


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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    If you are planning on cutting the ends of the boards square, cut about 12 inches off the ends. The weathered board with the rough end makes a great clock.

    Please forgive the green coloring. It is a side effect of having a cheap digital camera.

    http://www.rollanet.org/~chalosi/BarnboardClock.jpg

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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    If the barn is old, then it was built with old growth beams. Those beams are worth their weight in gold to timber framers. Wood like that is not available anymore. When you take the barn down don't cut the beams. Disassemble them. Then let the world know you have them and they will beat a path to your door.

    One place to contact is Ted Benson. Check the this old house web site for a contact. He is a timber framer and will know how would want the wood if he doesn't.

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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    One additional thought: I learned the hard way by destroying 2 bandsaw blades and a set of planer knives that the first thing to do is to invest in the absolute very very best metal detector you can find. The detector may cost a little more on the front end than you'd planned to spend, but it doesn't take too many blades and knives to exceed the additional amount.

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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    I haven't actually seen the barn yet, we're going out in about an hour but I've been told that the majority of the wood is pine, there are supposed to be some huge timbers that have not been identified.

    Sonny, while sometimes I must admit I question you're sanity I think you may be onto something with the little villages. That's a great idea.

    Great idea on the clock, I've never seen barnwood come off with out weathered ends. I have a POS metal dectector, but a good one is probably a really good suggestion, I'll have to look into that.


    Thanks for the ideas, and I'm off to see what it looks like.

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    RE: Barnwood ideas....

    Well finished up day one one of the tear down. The wood is not bad, not as nice as I had hoped, but then who hopes for anything less than perfect. It looks like mostly cedar but it's hard to tell for sure, some is definitely pine. Tons of tongue and grovved stuff, not to many huge beams or posts, but there are a few 6X6 posts. It was not nearly a waste of time though, I discovered a REALY cool OLD workbench, from which I was able to scavange a REALLY cool leg vise. The type that extends the full length of the leg. I have seen them in books but never actually seen one in person. I will definitely include it into the plans for my improved work bench. But the real score my friend identified seconds before I did and laid claim to. It's an old belt driven planer. We had a hard time identifying it's age but it's really old. I think it's Dewalt that claims it has thick blades on it's planer, hah, these were at least a 1/4 in thick, and 4 inches deep. It was driven by some type of V-belt, as opposed to the old leather straps, which means it's not REALLY old, but it was definitely a find none the less.

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