Bullet in the barn

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Project by Quixote posted 08-19-2008 05:17 PM 2817 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this in some barn wood I was recycling.

These boards were part of a loft floor from an old barn that was built prior to the 1940’s. Interesting mix of oak, walnut, sycamore and poplar. This was a flooring board, so I’m guessing that the bullet was in the tree before it was harvested. No copper jacket, and the size appears to be a .22 caliber.

My little wizard metal detector found this bullet near a knot. I started to dig it out then remembered a post on LJ’s about letting the bullet run through the planer, the soft lead and copper shouldn’t damage the blades.(

I did and it didn’t.

There’s a lot of character and possible story with this piece, I’m looking for suggestions about how to best use this piece.


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#1 posted 08-19-2008 05:25 PM

Some beautiful wood. It surely will make some great projects and allow the wood to continue to give beauty.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 08-19-2008 05:29 PM

Interesting discovery, I sure like the looks of that large knothole.

If I had it, I’d try to dream something up, & put it to use.

Natures creations are always nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 08-19-2008 06:22 PM

Very nice find, sorry I can’t think of any specific projects but I would definately leave the bullet in there and show it off.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 08-19-2008 06:32 PM

That is interesting.
How about a nicely designed birdhouse.
The knot hole could be the opening and the bullet would warn unfreindly birds not to trasspass :)

Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 08-19-2008 07:06 PM

Don’t know if you own any or know someone that does, but a gun or rifle rack comes to mind…or how about a router-ed inspirational sign that simply states..”Get the lead out..”

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 08-19-2008 07:53 PM

If you route out the knot you can make a picture frame, especially appropriate if you’ve got a nice sanpshot of yourself hunting.

-- Never pet a burning dog...

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Tim Pursell

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#7 posted 08-19-2008 08:35 PM

”If you route out the knot you can make a picture frame, especially appropriate if you’ve got a nice sanpshot of yourself hunting.”

Or your ex…. or Your mother-in-law

Just kidding lol

I’m sure an inspiration will come.


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#8 posted 08-19-2008 10:14 PM

Great peice of wood!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 08-19-2008 11:26 PM

That will make an interesting discussion piece when you finish the project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-20-2008 01:32 AM

I think a gun rack or gun cabinet would be appropriate is you need one. A sign reading “No Trespassing or Else…” would also work.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 08-20-2008 01:49 AM

looks good. lid of a box would be my first vote… or maybe a minature outhouse…........ I see no good use in the small outhouse, ....... so I’ll go with the box lid.

welcome to lumberjocks !

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#12 posted 08-20-2008 03:24 AM

that was my post about the .22. i found one last spring in a slab from cherry tree i had milled last year. i cut it out and still have the piece with the round in it. i use it as a great conversation piece. if i were using it to build something for us, i would have left it iin the board and really had something to talk about.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#13 posted 08-20-2008 01:04 PM

Here is something I “found” with the sawmill a few weeks ago. 20” deep in a very large sycamore. Looks like a .50 caliber to me.

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#14 posted 08-20-2008 02:29 PM

I’ve been thinking about putting a bullet in the project i’m working on now.

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#15 posted 08-20-2008 07:04 PM

I know the feeling spaids. I found a book of matches was more effective and quieter LOL.

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