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Project by kiefer posted 04-13-2017 01:46 AM 1412 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend gave me a few pieces of 2”x8” barn wood and I thought it would only be fair to return some of it in the form of a shelf .
Well this is the shelf and I snuck in a hidden compartment as a surprise .
Now all he has to do is hang it .
I don’t like the looks of exposed new wood grain so I decided to make all mitre joints but there are always some spots that are uneven and the joint has to be worked at the surface and blended for colour and the best thing that I found was a carpenters pencil and with a coat of BLO this looks much like an old beam .
Here are a few pics of what I started with .

The board

checking for nails with a magnet .

Marking a centre line with my centre marking tool .

ripping in half with the band saw

The inside after a little planing still looks like new pine after almost a hundred years .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 04-13-2017 02:48 AM

I’m sure he will be happy Klaus!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-13-2017 02:51 AM

Cool Klaus. An old barn beam over a new piece of wood. Years ago we would hide the old wood. Nice jester for your friend.
I like that center finder, I will change mine to that style.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 04-13-2017 03:48 AM

New wood, old wood and a carving to boot! still got to make one of them center markers!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 04-13-2017 04:39 AM

Another COOL shelf…

... he will love it… for sure…

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#5 posted 04-13-2017 09:08 AM

Love these old wood idea and what you did with it excellent !!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#6 posted 04-13-2017 10:37 AM

100 year old pine is like nothing on the market today, that’s for sure. It’s beautiful, but, it’ll sure gum up your blades.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-13-2017 11:06 AM

Looks great Klaus. I’m sure he will enjoy it.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 04-13-2017 11:43 AM

Nice idea using this old timber to hide a compartment. I love working with old wood; it’s dry and stable and I’m sure it takes a cut nicely! I’m sure he will be happy with this.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 04-13-2017 11:50 AM

Nice work, Klaus!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 04-13-2017 12:24 PM

What I wouldn’t do to get my hands on some good ole barn wood.

Nice looking shelf Jim.

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#11 posted 04-13-2017 02:48 PM

That wood is tricky stuff. Good idea to miter the corners and keep that great “patina”.
Well done!

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#12 posted 04-13-2017 03:03 PM

nicely done

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#13 posted 04-13-2017 08:51 PM

Klaus, this turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 04-13-2017 08:52 PM

Great recycle project Klaus, end result “looks the goods” :-)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 04-14-2017 08:27 PM

Thanks guy’s
I hope to install this soon and will do a bit of a video when we do . He picked it up yesterday all exited to show his wife .


-- Kiefer

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