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Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« on: January 05, 2017, 05:59:19 PM »
My cousin's dairy barn was built in 1855 by my grandfather's grandfather.  It has been used hard and is need of repairs.  Milk prices are at very low levels and limited funds are available, but my cousin does have 100 acres of timber and a lot of hemlock.  I recently purchased a Woodmizer and needed to learn how to use it...so we started!  We brought the logs down from the woods and cut 4/4 x 16' siding, 2x8s, and several 20' replacement beams.  An Amish crew came in on a Monday and tore off the old siding (held on with cut nails), replaced beams, built doors, and nailed up 80' worth of siding to finish the barn hill side, and were gone by lunch on Tuesday.  Oh--they also poured/finished a truck's worth of concrete.  Hard workers!  We learned something every time we cut a board and still have a long way to go to get "good" at it--let alone fast!  When we first started, my older cousin labeled us "the log a day boys" in keeping with our limited production.  Here are some pictures--we'll start cutting for the remaining three sides of the barn soon.

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2017, 06:09:32 PM »
Nice looking job. Think what that would have cost if you had to buy all that lumber. Went a long way toward paying for the mill.
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2017, 06:16:37 PM »
Unbelievable Colonel.....looks great and good pictures.
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2017, 06:23:44 PM »
Good job by the sawyer and the builders.
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2017, 06:33:44 PM »
What a beautiful and uplifting post. I would pay to watch these craftsman work. It inspired me to start on my long delayed project. Thanks again, Edwin Dirnbeck

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2017, 06:38:28 PM »
Me and my son was up last spring to give you an estimate for repair
on that old barn... Glad you found someone to fix it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2017, 07:27:33 PM »
Great work for your first project.
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2017, 07:46:56 PM »
Very Nice. 8)
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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2017, 07:51:37 PM »
Impressive they did all that in one and one half days.
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2017, 07:53:55 PM »
Very nice, I bet them folks liked building with that lumber,
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2017, 08:02:22 PM »
Thanks for the positive comments!  Look for part 2 around April. We're going to cut for the East and West sides this winter as weather permits.  I have learned an awful lot by reading this forum and need to do some research on sawing frozen logs.  I'm currently using 7 degree blades--should I switch to something else?  Any other tips appreciated!
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2017, 08:09:52 PM »
Great job!  Looks really good.

Did the pre build some panels on the  ground and the nail up and in fill the boards?

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2017, 08:19:12 PM »
They built the frames for the 4 barn doors on the ground, hung them on the new door rail, then screwed the boards in.  They nailed the regular siding.  They're building the door frames in one of the pictures (using hay bales for saw horses--I just noticed that!).
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2017, 09:19:31 PM »
Well that would certainly make it easier to add the doors! Thanks

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2017, 09:29:56 PM »
What did you do with the old siding? Around here you get big dollars for old barn wood and rusty tin roofing. Nice work by the way.

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2017, 09:42:43 PM »
Great work! Looks like it's ready for another 150 years.

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2017, 06:59:15 AM »
Beautiful  8)

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2017, 06:59:59 AM »
Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed the pictures. It gives me an outlook to how other people do things in other places in the country. ;D

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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2017, 11:10:41 AM »
What a great job for such a worthy project!  Can't wait to see the rest of the story.   :)
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Re: Residing a Pennsylvania Barn
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2017, 01:22:29 PM »
Thanks for sharing!  The Amish are incredibly skilled at carpentry work and most things they do.  Your grandchildren should be enjoying this barn years from now.  Thanks for this incredible post. Did not see in your post what specie of lumber you used for barn siding. I know most folks like white oak, as the pores keep water out making it more durable in the weather.  What specie did you use to rebuild your barn?


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