Re: furniture from old barn wood
Ditto, depends on what the barn was used for and where in the barn the wood came from. If it's a livestock barn, then yes, it will have a composted manure aroma to it, not particularly unpleasant, but probably not something you want airing out in your house. If it was a hay barn or equipment barn, then it will smell of old wood, hay, and possibly old greasy equipment.
Originally Posted by MLB Construction
So, as MLB suggest, give the wood a good sniff and see what you think. You might need to sand or cut it to get a true sense of it's aroma.
One massive piece of advice. Invest in a good metal detector, what you spend on the detector will more than pay for itself in prevention of tool damage and bodily injury. Used wood is notoriously full of metal bits, the closer to the ground it spent it's life, the more metal bits it will have accumulated, not to mention dirt, rocks, gravel, and small children that will be embedded. While these latter things can't be found with a metal detector, they tend to be less of an issue, other than for dulling blades. If you're going to be doing much work with reclaimed lumber, then you'd also be doing yourself a big favor by investing in a surface sander, rather than using a planer to remove that initial layer of material.
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