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Working with reclaimed materials for a woodworking project is a great way to incorporate the three “R’s” into your lifestyle: reduce, reuse and recycle. You’ll want to keep in mind that using salvaged lumber is not the same as buying new wood from a building supply store. You should be prepared to expect to run into one or more issues when working with reclaimed materials unless you prepare them properly. Here are a few suggestions to help ensure that your progress from lumber to finished project runs as smoothly as possible.
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this is NOT a good idea...

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Preserve the exterior surface and the end grain: Saw off any uneven board ends, then plane each side of the boards before running them through the jointer. These steps will put a nice, even finish on the lumber.

If you mean "hand plane" then that's a different story, but even a small nail will ruin a beautiful edge on a hand plane. If you mean use a thickness planer, then it is NOT a good idea what so ever. It's best to cut away any potential pieces with nails. You will also lose any patina, coloration and texture which are often the reasons for using reclaimed lumber in the first place.
If running the boards through the thickness planer to clean them up or make them a uniform thickness is the goal, then that's a different issue.
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If you can reuse material "as is" it is probably worth it, hitting hidden objects, nails, stones, etc. can be an expensive proposition when running it through your machinery.

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Preserve the exterior surface and the end grain: Saw off any uneven board ends, then plane each side of the boards before running them through the jointer. These steps will put a nice, even finish on the lumber.

If you mean "hand plane" then that's a different story, but even a small nail will ruin a beautiful edge on a hand plane. If you mean use a thickness planer, then it is NOT a good idea what so ever. It's best to cut away any potential pieces with nails. You will also lose any patina, coloration and texture which are often the reasons for using reclaimed lumber in the first place.
If running the boards through the thickness planer to clean them up or make them a uniform thickness is the goal, then that's a different issue.
You can run reclaimed wood through a thickness planer to get an even thickness without ruining the look. You just have to limit your planing to the bottom side of the wood. I have done it, don't like to but I will.

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Curious about sanding - is this recommended for all reclaimed wood? Im wanting to make an accent wall out of wood I got from a 120 year old barn, and the last thing I want to do is take away the look and character of the wood.
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Curious about sanding - is this recommended for all reclaimed wood? Im wanting to make an accent wall out of wood I got from a 120 year old barn, and the last thing I want to do is take away the look and character of the wood.
No, you don't have to sand the wood. It's just a lot of people want to give the wood a more finished look as though it was new wood.
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My new shed smells like an old barn inside.lol https://www.facebook.com/trent.wilso...6249946&type=3
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The only caution I can add is be sure your reclaimed pallets weren't used to store dangerous chemicals etc on. Cutting, planing and sanding can make dangerous chemicals airborne to be breathed.
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