ABout 25 years ago we took up our old attic floor to actually insulate the upper floors (I never gave it a thought forthose years , I carefully removed the "attic pine" boards and saved them and put em up so they wouldnt cup , while I thought of some decent projects. I have about 8 really great pine boards of 16 foot by 24 to 26 inches wide !!!! by 6?4 stock. Im planning on building a bucket bnch and a diminutive blanekt chst after ons built by the "Soap Hollow" orkshop from the early 1800's. Soap Hollow was a boys chool an sorta like a training school for orphan boys. Ive already had several tempting offers to sell the boards to a woodcrafter who wa going to make a"Shaker style" series of base cabinets using the 8 great boards and the rest of them (They are all no less than 12 to 18inches wide.)
I decided to not sell them for Id always kick myself if I did. Nope, gonna make some antiques.
The oldest (widest) pine board, I had made a small line sample from which I extracted a core . I use the reference tree cores from Penn State and U of Penn American archeology labs. The widest board from which I purposely extracted a non perpendicular "To the heart wood center" and calibrated it from wood samples from the Old City of Philadelphia. Based on "cross indexing" (using local annual weather pattern from many years of wet,cold, drought and one flood event. e were able to date the boards to about -575 years (from the date when which I pulled them off the floors. We had a most persfect record of the precolonial era and french and Indian wars (when the trees were harvested and pit sawn and placed on an attic. The boards were all a bit ratty , as if theyd been used once bfore. (There were evidences of other earklier cast nails in the wood) Those I easily got freed and I stored em in the barn or about the last 25 years.
Ive gotten some plans from the Robacker estate and Im going to modify them somehwat (keep the spirit there but notmake it so ornate as the Robacher bucket bench had a "whaleback" frame and I wanted a more plain look so e could focus on the wood. Im going to dovetail the whole thing but first Ill draw it up to se whether it looks decent> Ive seen some dovetailed work that wound up looking way too "busy" when it got finished.
Any ideas lemme know. My woodworking buddies want me to do a YOU_TUBE, but usually those DIY You-Tubers are more interested in shooting off at the mouth and Im afraid Ill be like that and wont have anyone interested in the work..