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    400 year old barn beam reclaimed

    This is a beam I just resawed for a project Im doing. Its going to be the shelf for a mantel.
    This came out of a barn built in the 1650's I got it out of a demo pile. It didn't have a single saw mark on it. All axed square


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    this is the mantel in progress
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    Maybe it came off the Mayflower
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    Awesome piece of timber.

    The story always adds to the appeal of something like that.

    You should take your best shot of the original timber and frame it and put in on the mantle.

    Also, you could write a well composed story of how the mantle came to be and frame that also.

    Perhaps a picture folder with 5x7's of the process in easy reach, just in case someone is interested enough.

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    all milled and ready for final size and finishing.
    going to finish with waterlox satin.
    i also have two more beams i salvaged from another old barn. this one from the 1700s. going to make a counter for this same job.
    pics and progress to follow
    Last edited by Rich Soby; 01-03-2015 at 03:56 PM.
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    is it chestnut?
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    no its pine.
    the grain and color is beautiful and after almost 400 years of holding up a barn its hardenned up pretty good.
    i wad amazed at how aromatic it was wwhen i cut it.
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    it was definitely growing happily in the forest when the pilgrims landed Bob
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    Did you happen to save the rough edges? Those would make a great piece in themselves for the right decor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Did you happen to save the rough edges? Those would make a great piece in themselves for the right decor.

    Oh yeah - they would.

    I burn tons of scrap wood - but there is NO WAY I would burn those hand hewn edges, from an American historical time.

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