My grandfather past away this year and his country "estate" was split up amoung his children. My aunt got the land that had the house where he was born and raised (he was 93 when he died). The house hasn't been lived in for many years but is still in relatively good shape considering its age. Anyway, my aunt told me I could salvage any wood from the house that I wanted. I pulled a few of the exterior wall planks and brought them home recently to check out. As soon as I cut into it I could smell that tourpentine smell like you smell from fat lighter. It's certainly nothing like the fat lighter we use to use to start fires (it's not sticky with resin) but it definitely has that sweet smell. I assume that this wood is old long leaf pine??? So my question is this...will this wood be good to build furniture with? If it is, I would probably never have to buy wood again, especially if I can get to the true 2x4 studs. I haven't even looked at the floor joists yet but I would think they would probably be pretty big considering the age of the house. Any thoughts? If it is usuable, what type of finish would you suggest? I'm a shellac man myself.
Thanks for your help, Greg