Barnwood - first time and probably my last

ManitouCA

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Allan
Looks like you have lots of suggestions here. I know personally what a pain working with undimensioned material is like. My style favors the look of unfinished surfaces but it sure makes it tough to get straight lines, no cracks, even surfaces, tight mitres, etc. Maybe you said the best piece of advice ... never agree to do this again :)

Ciao ... Dorm
Hi Dorm, I think you’re confusing my post with someone else. I will be working in barn wood in the future as it’s one of the materials we’re not afraid to use. You just need to reprogram your approach to deal with its idiosyncrasies. I think the best advice I can give is that you should figure on a 25-30% up charge over your typical solid hardwood construction like maple or oak. It’s that labor intensive. Also save your crappy saw blades, maybe look at getting another used planer with lots of knives to thickness your stock and watch out for a shrapnel when machining parts.
 

Dorm

Dorm
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Hi Dorm, I think you’re confusing my post with someone else. I will be working in barn wood in the future as it’s one of the materials we’re not afraid to use. You just need to reprogram your approach to deal with its idiosyncrasies. I think the best advice I can give is that you should figure on a 25-30% up charge over your typical solid hardwood construction like maple or oak. It’s that labor intensive. Also save your crappy saw blades, maybe look at getting another used planer with lots of knives to thickness your stock and watch out for a shrapnel when machining parts.
Hi Alan... it was my intention to reply to the original poster, so my comments were not related to anything you are doing. I am well familiar with the challenges presented from working with bug infested, warped, rough sawn material. It takes a lot of skill and patience to produce a quality product. Kudos to you if this happens to be your "bread and butter" and chosen style.

Also.my impression too was that the original poster realized, once getting started with "barn wood material", all of these issues, and might elect to never agree to do this again.

Ciao ... Dorm
 

ManitouCA

New User
Allan
Hi Alan... it was my intention to reply to the original poster, so my comments were not related to anything you are doing. I am well familiar with the challenges presented from working with bug infested, warped, rough sawn material. It takes a lot of skill and patience to produce a quality product. Kudos to you if this happens to be your "bread and butter" and chosen style.

Also.my impression too was that the original poster realized, once getting started with "barn wood material", all of these issues, and might elect to never agree to do this again.

Ciao ... Dorm
Sorry Dorm. My mistake reading your post.
 

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