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Old 11-10-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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my freinds i have taking down an old 1800,S DAIRY BARN and alot of the boards are wet,solid in the center but a little punky on one side of board. alot of the boards are 24 inches or better . my question is can they be dried and planed. the barn was 46 wide and 96 long .all nocthed and pegged beams. it was a nightmare to take down and i figure it will take a lifetime to refinish all the boards. its too bad all our old barns in oswego couty new york are falling down,but maybe with your help I can preserve some of it. some of my family think im nuts but go and price a 18foot by 24 inch board they are not to be had. thank you bobby battles


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Old 11-10-2009, 05:19 PM   #2
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You have got yourself a wonderful stash.


I've made some really fine clocks and trunks out of old barn wood.

Yes they can be planed. yes it will dry out-they are wet with water,not sap--drying will be quick.

Minwax Wipe on Poly will bring out the amazing colors and help harden the soft wood fibers.

You may find that a belt sander(used outside) is all you need to grind off the weathered outside of the boards.

Play around and experiment. Post some pictures after you sand and oil up a sample.--MIKE--

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Get them under cover and stack them with stickers between to dry them out. You should have some good material to work with.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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I'm jealous! Looking forward to hearing about and seeing photos of your progress.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:08 AM   #5
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I'm jealous to. I got a funny back handed compliment on a clock I made out of old barn wood.


I was standing in line at the clock shop,holding the newly completed project,when an older gal ahead of me turned and said,"Young man,no matter what it costs you should repair the original movement in that clock.
You know it devalues an antique to put in a new movement!"

That made my day.----MIKE----
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