I used some clear polyurthane varnish to finish the planks. But becease varnish makes the wood exand it can ruin the smoothness you got from all the hours of sanding you did before, so between layers of varnish you can better sand it a bit up with fine grid. I had some 800 grid laying around so i used that, it gave a really smooth finish but you could just as well use the same as you used with the sanding ( my finest was 240) i wanted it as smooth as possible so it wouldn't dammage my books.

I used some clear polyurthane varnish to finish the planks. But becease varnish makes the wood exand it can ruin the smoothness you got from all the hours of sanding you did before, so between layers of varnish you can better sand it a bit up with fine grid. I had some 800 grid laying around so i used that, it gave a really smooth finish but you could just as well use the same as you used with the sanding ( my finest was 240) i wanted it as smooth as possible so it wouldn't dammage my books.

This picture gives a better idea of the overall look... Plus it shows my barrel ;)

This picture gives a better idea of the overall look... Plus it shows my barrel ;)

That's the system, i use to the chain to the plank, I see how high the other metal ring has to go, i drive it in the wall and i somehow got the chain open and around the ring. I you are going to do this, make sure your chains arn't hanging freely, this way they won't support anything and it looks silly too!

That's the system, i use to the chain to the plank, I see how high the other metal ring has to go, i drive it in the wall and i somehow got the chain open and around the ring. I you are going to do this, make sure your chains arn't hanging freely, this way they won't support anything and it looks silly too!

This gives you an idea of how I made the support for these. That little strip of wood goes underneath the plank and holds it unto the wall, that metal ring will be attatched to the chains!

This gives you an idea of how I made the support for these. That little strip of wood goes underneath the plank and holds it unto the wall, that metal ring will be attatched to the chains!

The endless hours of sanding and finishing really paid off!

The endless hours of sanding and finishing really paid off!

See that little croock? Its that kinda details why i used this kinda planks!

See that little croock? Its that kinda details why i used this kinda planks!

The bark pretty much peeld off by itself, but somtimes i needed to use a ( i cant find the correct englisch term but it's an iron bar with grooves in it used to grind wood or metal) and after that I sanded it with each step of sandpaper. Some pieces are still on there, but i can be sure those dont come off later on, and i like it! The surface beneath the bar is usually harder, but also smoother than the rest of the wood, so to finish the sanding i used fine steelwool on the side.

The bark pretty much peeld off by itself, but somtimes i needed to use a ( i cant find the correct englisch term but it's an iron bar with grooves in it used to grind wood or metal) and after that I sanded it with each step of sandpaper. Some pieces are still on there, but i can be sure those dont come off later on, and i like it! The surface beneath the bar is usually harder, but also smoother than the rest of the wood, so to finish the sanding i used fine steelwool on the side.

I had twe smaller ones from 1m each and a long one from 1m80, this one took alot of time to sand! .... Sans sand sand your plank, using sand machines! Well, not really, i went from 80 grid sandpaper to 240 in small steps (80, 120, 240) and for the 120 grid i didn't have a paper that fitted on my sander soo, yeah... Hand sanding ;)

I had twe smaller ones from 1m each and a long one from 1m80, this one took alot of time to sand! .... Sans sand sand your plank, using sand machines! Well, not really, i went from 80 grid sandpaper to 240 in small steps (80, 120, 240) and for the 120 grid i didn't have a paper that fitted on my sander soo, yeah... Hand sanding ;)

Just keep sanding, just keep sanding,...... If you know where this is from your awesome! (I don't mean Nemo)

Just keep sanding, just keep sanding,...... If you know where this is from your awesome! (I don't mean Nemo)

On the left side you see one of the planks before i sanded it, on the left side you see a sanded version. These planks had still the bar on at both sides. I used the tablesaw to give them a straight end to hang it on the wall, but on the other side i just peeled of the bark, i wanted to keep the curves...real planks have curves! ;)

On the left side you see one of the planks before i sanded it, on the left side you see a sanded version. These planks had still the bar on at both sides. I used the tablesaw to give them a straight end to hang it on the wall, but on the other side i just peeled of the bark, i wanted to keep the curves...real planks have curves! ;)


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