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    Work in progress-antique chestnut countertops

    this past April took a ride up to Vermont to get the beams.




    old stuff! not a saw mark on any of them.



    Removing the nails and other bits of metal


    (yeah yeah I know I gotta cut my lawn...)


    Setting them up on the saw. I snapped a chalk line on the beams and followed it.








    Straight lining the boards


    flattening a face to start planning


    Glued up and epoxy set. trimming the Dutchmen and pegs flush now theyre ready for the wide drum sander



    More to come....
    He who laughs last, thinks slowest

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    That is really cool Rich
    Were the beams free for the taking ?? There are a few old collapsed barns on my street that have been sitting in a pile for as long as I can remember. They are probably at least 150 years old. I never thought about digging through them for some old lumber.
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    Not free but i got a fair price on them. A coworker and his bisiness partner tore down some barns and are selling what you see in the pics. Its alot of work but the results are worth it. I found some bug activity so it went on hold while they are being fumigated. I checked a couple days ago and no more little dust piles so ready to go
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    Finished!
    3 coats of Target em8000cv with crosslinker additive. The first two coats were gloss the final coat was flattened with Targets flattening agent to dull it a bit below satin not quite flat. The first coat I added TransTint Dark Mission Brown dye the final two were TransTint Dark Walnut. This gave it that nice warm aged look





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    That looks fantastic Rich. I really like that end grain dutchman (if that's what it is)
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    Beautiful job Rich, Looks like a lot of work and a lot of fun at the same time. You have a keeper on your hands
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    Reclaimed lumber can't be beat for projects like that and it looks perfect Rich, well done

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    I like it
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    Wow, that is a whole lot of work there, but amazing results!
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