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Fence boards for 2 cases of beer!

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by MitchelC, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    My luck was with me..

    This past Sunday I made minor repairs of my cabin on Goose Creek. I then left to go back home. I was only a few miles from home when I recognized a very good customer removing the last planks off his fence with only a few fence posts remaining. I parked in his driveway and chatted with him. I asked him why he was taking down his fence. He said it will be replace with a "white" fence. I was interested in his old fence planks and asked him what he was going to do with 'em. He asked me if I wanted them. I said "sure, how much do you want for them?" He said " For you, TWO cases of beer... one case for all the fence planks and one case for the delivery! We walked to his back yard where all the planks were neatly stacked on a large trailer. He had almost a thousand 3/4" thick, 5 1/2" wide and 6 feet long old cypress fence boards in excellent condition. He told me he sold his business and retired a couple of months ago. His wife went visit her family relations in West Virginia. He said she always talked about having a "white picket fence". Tomorrow, a fence company will be putting up the white fence, which will take two days. His wife will come back home on the day of their 50th anniversary... two days after the fence is completed. She will be shocked. The cypress boards are now in my storage shed. lol ☺
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  2. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Great story. Can't wait to see what you do with them.
  3. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    5 1/2" wide is perfect for frames... almost 100% usable. The board can be ripped and assembled in such a way, no matter how you look at the frame, all you see is the old wood. I was told someone (sons/daughters) has a few photos the old house that was there before the home and property was sold and the new house was built on it 30-40(?) years ago. If so, and they allow me to use the photo, I will get it enlarged to 18 x 24 if possible, frame it using a couple of his old fence boards and give it to him and his wife. Doing so will definitely give them something to remember and show off...
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  4. MnSue

    MnSue SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    love it!!!!
    make sure its GOOD beer!
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  5. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I will deliver him a couple of cases of Heineken Beer Monday, check out the new white fence, and check out what his wife's response when she saw it. lol
  6. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    The story unfolds!

    Can't wait to read Chapter Two!
  7. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    All this begs the age old question; at least to me. How do you finish the side edge once you rip the boards? You have a weathered face and a clean new side. One doesn't go with the other.
  8. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Perhaps both sides remain intact, and only the rabbet gets ripped.
  9. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    That's fine in this case - if you make all your frames 5 1/2" wide. I was thinking of some past thoughts on using weathered red barn wood that was 12" or more wide.
  10. prospero

    prospero SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Never mind frames, you could build another house. :D
  11. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Cover the "clean new cut" like this:
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  12. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    If a plant is, for example, 3/4" thick and 12" wide, it would require a "little" more work, but again, all you would see is the old part of the board. How? If you want a frame 2 inches wide, rip 2" off the board... on side being cut on a 45 degree angle. Then, rip another strip off the wide board 3/4" wide on a 45 degree angle. Glue this narrow strip to the edge of the ripped 2" wide board to cover the new cut. Now, the entire board looks old, even after you cut out the rabbit.

    (Almost anything is possible with wood. Several years ago, after completing a cabinet job, I was asked if it is possible to cut a perfect 2" thick x 32" x 52" oval shaped table top to replace a damaged one. I figured out how to do so using a table saw! Yes, a TABLE SAW. After gluing the oak boards together, it took me a couple of hours to make a special jig for my table saw and about the same amount of time to cut it out.)
  13. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    Used to get barnwood out of Georgia, until the demand went down and so did most of the barns.
    Here's the basic profile so no "new" wood is seen. IMG_1768.JPG

  14. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Thanks for the sketch... easier to understand than my picture.... ☺
  15. bruce papier

    bruce papier MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    Do you have to treat the boards in some way before you use them to kill anything creeping around inside the boards?

    I have a friend who, years ago, lived in an old house with an even older barn out back. He was awakened one morning by load noises coming from his back yard. He looked out the window to see two guys tearing down the walls of his barn and putting the wood in the back of a truck they had parked on his back lawn. He yelled at the thieves who replied they didn't think anyone would mind. No beer was exchanged.
  16. MitchelC

    MitchelC MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    The fence boards are cypress. No termites.
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  17. CB Art & Framing

    CB Art & Framing SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Fence bords need only 1 or 2 cuts to make moulding (plus a rabbet).
    Cut about 1" off end, stand upright (cut face down) nail from side as "end cap".
    So steps in WPFAY's post, but you don't have to cut out end cap if you don't wish to.
    This wood does get silverfish.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2019 at 4:56 AM
  18. Larry Peterson

    Larry Peterson PFG, Picture Framing God

    I wondered why I had seen so many barn wood frames with end caps. This explains it. This assumes that both sides are true and straight and the the reverse is the same as the front. If any of these aren't true, the board will need to be trued and you will have "new" wood exposed.

    But what do you do if you don't want an end cap, just a flat profile or if you have to true up barn wood boards? There needs to be a way to treat the "new edges" with a barb wood like finish. Not only a finish but roughing up the surface to match, or not look new.

    Any ideas.
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    MATTHEW HALE CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    experiment! i like to try a variety of stains, as well as the old "steel wool dissolved in vinegar trick". wire brushes are great for roughing up the edges. a propane torch can come in handy as well. or - build your frame, and throw it out behind the barn (or whet's left of it) for a month and see what happens.
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  20. CB Art & Framing

    CB Art & Framing SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    The edges do not need to be "trued".
    Also, if you cut down and have exposed outer edges, just paint (thick bristle brush). I use a combo of black, white, brown acrylic paint.
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