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03-04-2018 04:34 PM

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I have a chance to purchase about 10, 8 foot long 4” x 4” rustic american chestnut beams that came out of an old barn. I want to make something with them but I am unsure of what. I want to be able to sell the project and I want to make something that people would appreciate the type of wood it is. Can you guys give me your opinions on some projects that would work? Should I plane it or leave it rough and hand hewed?

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#1 posted 03-05-2018 01:20 PM

Thick top kitchen island.

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 04:16 AM

A beefy trestle table with thick rustic top

Or farm house table with nice turned legs from the chestnut and thick top. Maybe some simple scallops in the stretchers.

You can get some good ideas on pinterest.

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 04:48 AM

I would make a chest or drawers.

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 10:11 PM

A barn

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 05:19 PM

How old of a barn are we talking? You said these were hand hewn timbers?

If it was turn of the 20th century in the middle of or before the chestnut blight that wood might have some pretty interesting grain that can’t be found in modern chestnut.

If that’s the case then you definitely want to do something that’s going to show off both the age and the grain, which can be used to bump up the price.

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