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Barn Wood Projects – Video Demonstrations

Here you will find a selection of woodworking videos on reusing various wooden scrap. I hope you enjoy my projects that use materials that would have been destined for the Woodburner. 

What is Upcycling

Upcycling is the latest craze in a world when we go to big efforts to recycle our daily waste and repurpose it into great new things. What is better than ‘recycling’ frankly it has to be ‘upcycling’!

Ancient Barn Door Transformed into a ‘Rustic Mirror Frame’

In this video, I make a cool rustic mirror frame. This organic woodworking project is fun to make with materials that would of been destined for the wood burner. This is a simple woodworking build that anybody can have a go at. Just using a few hand tools or if you want you can also use power tools to speed things up. One tool I use a lot for fast woodbodging is the AXE such as this Estwing

This was made from an old barn door wood and an awful wardrobe mirror door together we made this interesting wooden mirror.

Freehand Routering a Wooden Sign

This project is not exactly a barn wood but a board that was found in an old barn. I used two routers a Makita and a Metabo, both of these routers are old but still working perfectly. I first printed the letters and then used carbon paper to transfer the outline onto the timber. Using a 6mm router cutter I then routed a channel to outline all the letters. The Makita half inch router was then used to

  • Remove the excess material.
  • Finally, I painted all the letters
  • Once dried I sanded the face to remove any overspray.
  • The project was then ready to be cleaned and lacquered.

Woodworm Infestation

Recycling wood had its own set of problems. In this video, I remove the bark with an AXE and some sapwood to expose woodwork beetle larvae. The sapwood of this chestnut log is riddled with furniture beetle larvae.

Three common woodboring insects

  • Furniture Beetle
  • Powder post Beetle
  • Fan bearing wood borers

Rustic Whiteboard Project

I made this mirror using trimmed timber from wane edged boards. I chose pieces that were undulating for good effect and used various handtools and wire brushes to make the rough Oak timber into something interesting.

The whiteboard itself is a highly lacquered aluminium laminated polycarbonate sheet that can be a repurposed signboard or you can buy a new sheet from a DIY store. You could just use an existing WHITEBOARD and frame that instead.

Barn Wood Upcycled Light Project

This easy project used an old lump of wood that was found buried in the grass but originally it was a roof part from a barn. Since this project evolved from farm materials we also source on the land after a bit of metal detecting some iron chain and other random pieces of rusty iron. But all come together to make this cool yet modern light fixture. Since we live in a time which needs our help to reduce our consumption of energy this hanging light fixture uses some super-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) yet super bright electric lighting.

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