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Old 03-01-2021, 02:14 PM   #1
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Someone recently posted in the classifieds wanting some used fence boards. That thread was closed, so I'll ask here.

For those that have used fence boards for an interior (home) project, did you treat the boards with anything for bugs? I'm sure cedar is desired, but can you use pine boards?

After seeing the pics posted in the classifieds thread, I got to thinking about using old fence boards for a garage project. They would look good giving a few cabinets & storage locker it a rustic look.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:23 PM   #2
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Pine fence boards are already treated. Cedar is not treated but more resistant to rot and bugs.

Personally, I don't put anything that is treated in my home. Some of that stuff is pretty nasty.

None of the other wood(trim, framing, doors, floors, cabinets etc) in your home is treated.
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:53 PM   #3
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Someone recently posted in the classifieds wanting some used fence boards. That thread was closed, so I'll ask here.

For those that have used fence boards for an interior (home) project, did you treat the boards with anything for bugs? I'm sure cedar is desired, but can you use pine boards?

After seeing the pics posted in the classifieds thread, I got to thinking about using old fence boards for a garage project. They would look good giving a few cabinets & storage locker it a rustic look.

I did two walls in my old house and did nothing to the old wood and it worked out great. Obviously if I see it's infested with bugs I wouldn't have used it. I also happen to be able to come by old fence wood pretty regularly
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Old 03-01-2021, 02:54 PM   #4
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Burnt pine looks pretty cool.
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:04 PM   #5
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Pressure wash it and you should be good to go, especially in your garage.
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:09 PM   #6
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Pressure wash it and you should be good to go, especially in your garage.

Most of the time that will mess up the older wood and probably the look you're going for. It'll be just fine to cut it and put up
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:21 PM   #7
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We used it in our ranch cabin. Just cut up and installed.Name:  Screenshot_20200802-115246_Photos.jpg
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:29 PM   #8
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We used it in our ranch cabin. Just cut up and installed.Attachment 1042204

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I will doing this at the lake property.

I refused to pay for it so I grabbed some that got dumped

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Old 03-01-2021, 03:31 PM   #9
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As a side note:. If anybody in the DFW area wants old fence wood for projects, let me know. I typically throw a trailer load a week away.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:42 PM   #10
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That is the man-cave room I just finished in my house. The walls are all old fence pickets. Some were pine, most were cedar. The cedar is better, but it all mixes together and you really canít tell one from the other.

One thing you will have to do is paint the wall behind black so it does not show thru the cracks. None of those boards are exact straight edged. On mine, I just used black spray paint and sprayed a line across the wall at every seam.

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Old 03-01-2021, 07:30 PM   #11
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That is the man-cave room I just finished in my house. The walls are all old fence pickets. Some were pine, most were cedar. The cedar is better, but it all mixes together and you really canít tell one from the other.

One thing you will have to do is paint the wall behind black so it does not show thru the cracks. None of those boards are exact straight edged. On mine, I just used black spray paint and sprayed a line across the wall at every seam.

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That looks great Bischp

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Old 03-01-2021, 07:33 PM   #12
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Looks great Bisch.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:51 PM   #13
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That is the man-cave room I just finished in my house. The walls are all old fence pickets. Some were pine, most were cedar. The cedar is better, but it all mixes together and you really canít tell one from the other.

One thing you will have to do is paint the wall behind black so it does not show thru the cracks. None of those boards are exact straight edged. On mine, I just used black spray paint and sprayed a line across the wall at every seam.

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Heck yeah, that looks great!
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:14 PM   #14
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Nice look, those old fence pickets add a lot of “character” to those rooms.
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Old 03-01-2021, 08:25 PM   #15
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I did a wall in my gamroom with old cedar fence pickets. Just to be safe I wrapped them in a tarp and set off a bug bomb and left them wrapped for several days. I didn't want to risk bringing bugs in where I'd have mounts hanging.

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Old 03-01-2021, 08:38 PM   #16
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Iíve used them many times. Depending on condition I typically pressure wash or sand them to the desired look. Lightly hit them with a torch and comes out really good.


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Old 03-02-2021, 07:07 AM   #17
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I build lots of pedestals out of old CEDAR fence pickets, and never had any problems with bugs, as they naturally repel them.

As mmoses said, I wouldn't mess with the treated pickets, they've got some nasty stuff in them.

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As a side note:. If anybody in the DFW area wants old fence wood for projects, let me know. I typically throw a trailer load a week away.
I wish you were closer to Houston. I can always use more.
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Old 03-02-2021, 08:04 AM   #18
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As a side note:. If anybody in the DFW area wants old fence wood for projects, let me know. I typically throw a trailer load a week away.

I am always looking for some, but on the opposite side of Dallas


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Old 03-02-2021, 08:21 AM   #19
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For those looking for fence pickets, alot of fence companies put the fences they replace out in their yard for folks to get for free.
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