Howdy everybody. I'm Dave. First post. Awesome site. I've been lurking for a while as I am just getting into wood working and don't have a whole lot to contribute at this point. I hope to soon though!
I just found out my dad has a whole stack of heart pine boards from this warehouse loft he disassembled and said I could have it. I am in love with some of the heart pine work I have seen, especially from oicurn2it2. I'm currently trying to acquire a scrub plane to reproduce some of his finish texture.
My question is, how do a prepare the wood for finishing without removing the cut marks from milling which adds so much character? Obviously I can't plane or sand too much. Should I sand with fine grit or maybe a wire brush?
Thanks everyone. Here is a sample of the wood. Some of it is weathered on one end, which will probably have to be cut out.
You could do quite a bit of planing and still have the saw marks. I've done this with my thickness planer. You end up with the fresh wood showing through and the patina and saw marks still down in the grooves. I thought it was the best of both worlds.
You could do quite a bit of planing and still have the saw marks. I've done this with my thickness planer. You end up with the fresh wood showing through and the patina and saw marks still down in the grooves. I thought it was the best of both worlds. I like the sound of that. I wouldn't mind taking the raised ridges down a little bit too.
Don, I was wondering if what you suggested was something I could do to help me match them up for joining. Thanks for the tip.
Nice lumber. I have a good bit from my attic flooring. I replaced the true 1X10 heart pine planks with plywood for attic storage. I've made projects both leaving the circular saw marks and planing it down to a nice smooth finish. Both look great depending on your design & need. It amazing that 100+ year old wood still has such a wonderful aroma with a fresh cut.
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