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Forum topic by christherookie posted 01-31-2020 08:41 PM 303 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2020 08:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardwood reclaimed

I’m looking for ideas. I have a reclaimed barn beam that’s 6×6x57 so I figure after I trim down the sides to get to the good wood, it should a wee bit thinner but not by much. I’m open to doing anything with it. A bunch of small projects, hand tools, even small furniture that I could make from it if I split it into planks. I usually don’t get the chance to work with hardwood this thick so I want to possibly take advantage of that as well.

I’d love to know any ideas you may have.

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#1 posted 01-31-2020 10:26 PM

Do you have any photos so we can see the grain structure? Some ways to resaw it may better than others and may elicit some project ideas. Also what kind of wood is this beam or do you know?

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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#2 posted 02-02-2020 06:16 PM

Barn beams with their patina and tool marks often look great next to something smooth and shiny to highlight the character of the old stuff. I’ve made a few big mirror frames out of reclaimed Wormy Chestnut and I think they came out great.

A floating shelf, picture frame, coffee table top or hall/sofa table might be great too.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 02-02-2020 06:53 PM

a lot of people use them for fireplace mantels,just clean off the dirt and leave the patina as is.but yeah show us a pic.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-02-2020 09:35 PM

A light, like above an island

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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