Barn Lumber


Is there any demand for old Barn Lumber anymore?
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Walt Conner
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We see an occasional request or other comments here. Not a lot of projects.
RonB

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WConner wrote:

What kind of wood? What shape is it in? If there are large, solid chestnut beams, then definitely. If it's mostly rotton pine, obviously not. If there were someone in my area who was tearing down a barn made of some kind of hardwood in good condition, it would definitely be worth it for me to rent/buy a planer and a metal detector and "reclaim" some potentially nice lumber. Where are you located? If you have the barn and you're trying to get rid of/sell the lumber, you might advertise on your local craigslist or contact a local woodworking club. Andy
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I believe there is a big demand for certain types of woods. Even old log cabins are being bought, moved, and restored for big bucks. It all depends on the wood. I'd Google and start there.
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I just sold 25 16'x16"x4.5" hem/fir beams from a barn for $1000. I thought they were worth at least twice that much, but $1000 was the best I could get in 6 months.
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I'm not sure if this applies but in Canada using old lumber for structural parts of a building is a big PITA. Your old beams would have to be examined by an engineer and certified sound before they could be used. That costs big bucks.
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On Thu, 17 Aug 2006 11:38:21 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@the.shoppe wrote:

Yeah, but even as just project wood that is less than $.50 per board foot.
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snipped-for-privacy@the.shoppe wrote in

Do the US bureaucrats still whine that the Candians are dumping lumber? Read something about those sort of allegations being tossed around.
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So run it through a planer on four sides and it will be new wood. Even new wood comes from dead trees.
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It has to have a grade stamp. Try buying one of those..:)
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wrote:

Depends on who you ask- there's a local store here that sells nothing but barn lumber furniture at a huge markup. But I've never met anyone who paid money for it as lumber- usually it's aquired as an agreement between a couple of guys willing to do free demo work and a farmer.
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Prometheus wrote:

Reclaimed barn timbers have value. It may come in the form of a check in your pocket if it's "good wood" and it's stacked and ready for pick-up. It may also come in the form of free demolition if it's still part of a standing barn. And it may simply help offset the demolition costs, but not cover them fully. It all depends. Lots gets made into flooring these days. And some people pay a LOT of money for "knotty naily" staircases, cabinets, etc...
JP
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While we are on the subject of "a lot of money", check out: http://www.countryroadassociates.com /

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The lumber belongs to our eldest son. They just tore down an old barn in East/Central Illinois. Wood is cleaned and I think mostly Oak but I really haven't examined it. I intend to get some pcs. and run thru my planer to see what it looks like BEFORE I change blades. It is hard as heck. Some long full 2xs rough, Large truck load. No beams. He has advertised in Southern Illinois Trader and Indiana Trader for bids.
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WConner wrote:

As a long time user of recycled wood, I suggest that you hit it with a shop vac, belt sander, shop vac, and metal detector. If you suspect metals, do the detector first. This process gets rid of the dirt and other impurities before you touch your blade to it.     mahalo,     jo4hn
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