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post #1 of 4 Old 09-21-2014, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Weird creosote covered lumber

I found about 30 of boards in the attic of my 1920's house which are old-growth pine about 8 to 10 inches wide, half an inch thick and between 4 and 14 feet long. They are all covered with this sticky blackened material. Under that some are painted and some have a dark reddish stain.I used my electric hand held plane to clean one of them off but its a huge amount of work. I hate to throw them out, but I don't know what to do to clean them up. Any help out there?
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Not worth the headache or potential toxic mess.....throw em out and get some new lumber.

The tools don't make the craftsman....
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Creosote is nasty stuff. The kind they used for wood preservative is derived from coal and is listed as a "possible carcinogen".

How does your hand planer look after working that one piece? I'd be worried about getting it on blades/cutters and then burning. Can't see how that would be anything but a PITA. Who knows how bad the fumes would be.

I'd probably get rid of them if it were me. I'm not sure a landfill would take them, might have to go to a hazardous waste disposal site.
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My first choice would be to throw them away. If you really want to use them you can clean the majority of the crud off with paint and varnish remover. Then you can surface the wood to get the rest of it.
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