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#1 posted 09-14-2018 08:46 PM

that ‘old’ wood will make anything and everything. The biggest determining factor is “what kind of wood is it ? ”
A friends neighbor had a corn crib and grainery combo that she wanted tore down and hauled away. Most of the timber was logs, just small trees that were cut 50 or 60 years ago and used for supports. My friend has stored the logs for a couple years and tried to give it away several times – no takers.
Two weeks ago he and I loaded a dozen logs on his wagon and he took them to a local band saw mill. To both our amazement the lumber we got back in 1x’s and 2x’s appear to be hickory. Gonna be harder than the hubs of hell but just as attractive. I planed one board to see what it looked like and now we’re going to load the rest of the logs and get in line to have them band sawn.
I’m ashamed to mention how little it cost to have them cut up and even more ashamed to admit that except for the sawyer there has been no money change hands for about 1500 bdft of hickory or whatever the rest of the logs are.
Bottom line – if you have the opportunity to acquire some OLD timber, don’t pass it up even if in the end you have to burn it, you never know what treasures hide beneath the dirty crusty timbers.

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