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Can barnwood go bad?

by romanweel
posted 09-15-2016 07:12 PM

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 07:25 PM

Roman, based on the pic above and your description, I’d say you sure do have authentic barnwood that is not rotten. It is weathered, however. Extremely weathered.

I’ve got boards just like those.

Barns of the board and battens style suffer that kind of erosion when there’s no maintenance. The wood was severely starved for a protective coat of paint (or ten) over the decades, so the wood between the actual growth rings has eroded on the outsides of the boards. That’s why they’re lighter and more fragile.

Can they be re-used? If you like the look and use them wisely, no reason they won’t work as ‘humble nightstand’ stock.

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#2 posted 09-15-2016 07:53 PM

I’ve used similar wood for different sized simple boxes for table accent pieces etc. Only other way I’ve seen it used is attached to a sheathing substrate for wall decor but not in a structural application.

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