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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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