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Old April 19th, 2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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Does anyone know what they recommend spraying it down with? I'm planning on building some DVD racks and a cabinet for my components.

I got some doors too I want to use for something.





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I built a few picture frames and all I did was use stain on it. I also built a bar on my patio and did nothing to the wood.
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I built a few picture frames and all I did was use stain on it. I also built a bar on my patio and did nothing to the wood.
This will be in the house, I am worried about bugs coming in with it. Not planning on staining, probably only a clear.
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Spray it with off.
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I used an old barn door on the wall behind my dart board in the basement. I can't imagine how much I would freak out about dart holes in my drywall. Now if someone misses I don't care. It just adds more character to the barn door. I didn't treat it at all and never had a single problem with bugs or anything.
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I sprayed my coffee table down with a weird mixture to help drive moisture out. IT looked like milk, but dried clear and made the wood hard like kiln-dried wood. I then finished it with polyurethane mixed with alcohol so it would be quik drying. I found a website that had recipes of different chemicals that would do different things to wood, like drive out moisture, another to make it really hard, and another to make it bendy, then after bending to your liking, you could apply another chemical recipe to harden it. But I can't find it now.
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Call 2nd Chance Wood Company in Corunna. Great place and nice people. They build all kinds of stuff out of barnwood and would probably be happy to help out.

I would think the old dry hardwoods like that won't have much issue with bugs as long as you're not using the rotted sections.
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Call 2nd Chance Wood Company in Corunna. Great place and nice people. They build all kinds of stuff out of barnwood and would probably be happy to help out.

I would think the old dry hardwoods like that won't have much issue with bugs as long as you're not using the rotted sections.
We have bought stuff from them before, I figured they may not want to divulge what they do though since building stuff with barn wood is their business. When they quoted $4/ board foot though just for raw material I went and got my own for free.
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We sell a lot of Barnwood furniture that we buy from the Amish. They steam all of the wood then put it in a kiln if needed to get rid of any barn smells and bugs.

He is 8-12 weeks out on any work though so probably couldn't help you out personally though.
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Does anyone know what they recommend spraying it down with? I'm planning on building some DVD racks and a cabinet for my components.

I got some doors too I want to use for something.
what are you trying to accomplish via this question? do they smell? does the wood have critters? do you want to preserve the current weathered patina? does "something" mean inside or outside the home? (i know....picky picky)
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Does anyone know what they recommend spraying it down with? I'm planning on building some DVD racks and a cabinet for my components.

I got some doors too I want to use for something.
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This will be in the house, I am worried about bugs coming in with it. Not planning on staining, probably only a clear.
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what are you trying to accomplish via this question? do they smell? does the wood have critters? do you want to preserve the current weathered patina? does "something" mean inside or outside the home? (i know....picky picky)
With the pictures and the thread above what you typed I don't know how it could be more clear that some of it is coming in the house and I do not want bugs coming in on it.

What's the point of scrounging barn wood if you don't want the patina?
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Leave it in the hot sun for a few days...there won't be any bugs in it.
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