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How to finish barnwood

by bugradx2
posted 10-14-2018 03:19 AM


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 04:51 AM

Do you know what kind of wood it is or how old? Some of the most beautiful wood I’ve ever seen was oldgrowth long leaf pine salvaged from an old barn. They completely milled the wood and made high end furniture from it. So dedending on how much you have, you might consider milling one side to see how it looks. If it turns out to be something special like the long leaf or even chestnut for example, it might make sense to mill it so you can really see it.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 02:53 PM

They are made of pine, but not long leaf. The boards came from a barn in northern IL and I doubt they imported them from the southeast.

I trimmed the ends off and they have the pine smell. I also noticed yesterday that a couple of knots appear to have pitch on them.

I kind of makes me want to do very little outside of a spray poly if I’m going to have to argue with the pitch while finishing….

I have three 2×6 boards that are actually 2×6 and another random size that is like 3×5. I might rip the 3×5 in half and make some votive candle displays out of them.

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 03:00 PM

One thing that made the long leaf so impressive was just how fine the grain (growth rings) were in the old growth wood. These probably dated back to at least the 1920 since most of the virgin pine forests in East Texas were completely logged by then. So if they have some age, they could reveal some interesting grain but the patina of age can look pretty cool too.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 07:24 PM

I may run one peice through the planer for that reason….

I honestly can’t decide. Seeing the mill marks is cool but doing something to show the grain is neat too.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 09:58 PM

bmerrill had a similar question on 10-11-2018. Do you want the books to be on the rough side or on the planed side. Are the shelves going to be high enough to where you can see the bottom of the shelves, in that case put the rough side on the under side. I did a barn wood chest over a year ago, planed and jointed some of the edged. I brushed on four coats of Satin Water based Minwax poly.

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 12:58 AM

I will have to go look that post up for sure. Thanks for letting me know about it because I must have used the wrong search terms when I looked yesterday. I found it odd that I was the only one struggling with this decision.

Your chest is just amazing, how did you resaw the pieces to get your sizes for the chest?


bmerrill had a similar question on 10-11-2018. Do you want the books to be on the rough side or on the planed side. Are the shelves going to be high enough to where you can see the bottom of the shelves, in that case put the rough side on the under side. I did a barn wood chest over a year ago, planed and jointed some of the edged. I brushed on four coats of Satin Water based Minwax poly.

- WoodenDreams


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#7 posted 10-15-2018 02:31 AM

Very cool chest!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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