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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

Bandsaw the planks in half. They'll net out slightly under 3/8's but not only will it be faster, you'll end up with twice as many usable boards afterwards, because you'd be able to keep both faces. So ...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

If you're starting from scratch without question the most inexpensive way to remove old paint (most finishes in fact) is using a scraper of some sort. Scrapers generally last you the rest of your life,...
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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

A simple test on one plank will tell you that sanding is not practical for reducing the thickness by 3/8". Even planing them in a thickness planer will take 5-10 passes and sanding, even with course ...
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Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing?

Is it drastically more work to sand down barn wood instead of planing? Using a wide-belt sander? No. Sanding it by any other means? Yes.
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How do I ensure that the bottom of my shelf project is level?

I think what you are asking is: How do I ensure all my vertical boards are the same length. Often, this is more important than being a particular length. Another way to say it is: You desire ...
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If I make a stool from this composite (?) wood, will it end in tears?

The plywood would be a bit thin on its own as a stool seat, as would the solid wood. Together they will be fine (provided they are well glued together of course). I wouldn't bother trying to remove ...
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Is this reclaimed wood repairable?

It should and could be repaired. One idea I had was to lightly pencil in a line square with the top at the same distance on each side from the corner. Use a couple of straight edges to find the ...
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Tips for Jointing Reclaimed Barnwood Table Top

This is a fast path which preserves the character of the for the top but sacrifices the bottom surface of the table (the side seen by the floor). Assuming you have a planer or are savvy with hand ...
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Can 160-year-old wood still have sap?

I’m building a coffee table out of pine 12x12’s that I believe to be in the 200 year old range possibly much older. They were structural support beams in a building in the meat packing district of ...
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