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I have a woodworking project were I need to remove the bark from the branches of juniper. The Juniper is dry, but getting into the narrow cracks is somewhat challenging. Nothing that will damage the wood, such as a wire wheel or brush can be used

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A high pressure washer will do the trick. I've done it with an electric one @ 1800 PSI, but bigger would be better. Rent a gas powered one. Most will be 3000 PSI and above.
 

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Although the pressure washer would do a great job of removing the bark, the pressure would also remove a lot of the soft grain. My goal is to not damage the wood.

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Gene gave you the best option IMO, it will not damage the wood-if you are careful...Your other option is to go at it with small tools like dental picks and spend hours. I would at least try the pressure washer on a piece (if you don't have one, go to the carwash) and see if it works the way you want before you rule it out.



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I have found that the bark will come off much easier when the sap is rising. When the wood is dry, with the bark on, it is tough to get off. I can just peel the bark off in the spring, not so in the winter.
 

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Although the pressure washer would do a great job of removing the bark, the pressure would also remove a lot of the soft grain. My goal is to not damage the wood.

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You can play with the pressure and spray patterns on those rental units. Maybe not so with a car washer. But, they seem to have a little less pressure, anyway.
 
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