Ahh the fabled barn wood...it has bit many a good woodworker. May the experienced woodworker beware. Let me explain.
A few years ago barn wood was all the rage around here. Barns were being torn down and sold off as barn wood for pretty good money. I have no problems with that, as it was a win-win situation for the local farmers and the woodworkers and homebuilders in the area.
The problem is, some of these barns, many in fact, had been either dairy farms or chicken barns. Over the years the bedded animals did their business and it saturated the wood. After years of being without animals, the wood dries out and loses that fragrant smell. Unfortunately many homeowners (and carpenters and woodworkers who built stuff using the wood) found out this wood rekindles that smell once it is exposed to the heat and moisture of a home.
If this barn did indeed hold animals at one time, you might want to be leery of where you use this wood and the types of projects you make out of it. Outdoor projects and maybe even projects in the living room and other "dry" places might be alright, but definitely not in the hot, humid bathrooms and places like that. I would also be very leery of any kitchen items as chickens have Somenilla Poisoning and dairy cows have a plethora of health concerns as well.
I am not trying to rain on your picnic here, I am just saying be careful where you get the wood from and what kind of projects you make from it. You just might regret it down the road. Many others have been bitten by the barn wood snake as well.
Last edited by Travis Johnson; 05-21-2007 at 09:30 AM.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"