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Recycled wood question

by Markslawes
posted 09-14-2018 08:32 PM

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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.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 08:52 PM

Wood is wood. As long as there is enough usable there for you to make what you want, then go for it. Check it for bug damage, rot, pieces of metal (i.e. nails). Matthias of has a video or two of him pulling out wood products from garbage bins and salvaging all the usable pieces from them.

Other then your time and effort, it’s free.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 10:53 PM

Yes, watch for nails and screws. They’ll do a job on cutting tools. I have taken to using a belt sander on reclaimed wood. That makes nail and screw heads shine in the right light. Works about as good as a metal detector.

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#4 posted 09-15-2018 12:09 AM

Out here in the USA the wood we used for skip sheeting is very common grade. So its nothing I would consider worth my time to reclaim. Also would have a zillion holes in it or nails in it.
The one exception would be open beam ceilings, that’s wood I would consider. Only if it’s clear and +1 inch thick.
I used up many of my best years standing on roofs.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 07:43 AM

Thanks all , I think I will wait until I see some of the roofers and ask if I can half inch a few pieces out of their rubbish skip. I see lots of 2”x8” and a bit of 4”x4” so I will see what I can do with their permission.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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