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03-25-2008 09:52 PM

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I live in the Charlotte, NC area. Does anyone know of a place to get reclaimed wood in this area? When I get back to working in the shop again, I hope to make use of some.


-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 10:14 PM

Behind motorcycle dealers, tractor dealers, tool shops (pallets), furniture stores, cabinet makers, hardware or home stores, etc.

If you want something more exotic, limit your search to businesses that sell primarily imported merchandise (yamaha motorcycles, etc). Their local woods the package with may be exotic to you.

-- He said wood...

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#2 posted 04-01-2008 05:42 AM

Hey Tom, I’ve been looking for same. found some in an old house that is going to be torn down eventually. My suggestion, drive out east on 74 and start looking for old barns and out buildings that are falling down and ask if you can start tearing pieces off. I do like DannyBoys idea….I have built stuff from old pallets….takes a while to get all teh nails out though. Or get enough you can burn whatever has too many nails in it.

-- Gary

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#3 posted 04-01-2008 05:52 AM

Here’s a couple of links obtained by ‘Googling’ , “reclaimed wood Charlotte NC.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 04:34 PM

Thanks Gary and Earle. I will definitely take a look at both ideas.

-- Tom, Charlotte, North Carolina

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 04:55 PM

I use reclaimed wood all the time and i get mine from old fallen barns in my area , free
There are all kinds of sites that sell barn wood everywhere, just Google reclaimed barn wood.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 05:08 PM, check out the free listing, updated daily.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 05-22-2009 08:11 AM

Have you heard about There are local chapters throughout the country. In a nut shell it is a yahoo group that people in your community join to give things away they’re no longer using instead of sending it to the dump or to ask for things they might be needing. You can place a wanted ad for fencing, cabinets, deck, flooring, etc..

Here’s the link. Only downfall is that if you don’t have a yahoo account you will need to create one.

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#8 posted 05-22-2009 09:42 AM

Find the small time demolition guy who tears down old houses. Then give him a little knick knack you made out of some reclaimed wood and ask him if you can have first dibs on buying any close grain long leaf heart pine floor joist he runs into. Works surprisingly well, and he’ll usually give a good price out of sympathy for all the nails you gotta pull…...But nail pulling….Now theres an art in its own right. And a strangely relaxing one i’ve discovered.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 05-22-2009 05:19 PM

I love nail pulling. Actually I like pulling any fastener out of wood. Very relaxing yes and addicting with a Nail Hunter. A tool that makes pulling out fun!! (sorry had to throw it in there!) Check it out

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#10 posted 06-21-2010 05:16 PM

It depends on the type of reclaimed wood you are looking for, but I would say check out freecycle and craiglsist and see if there are any postings that look like they would work for your project. If you don’t find anything that way there are various companies that specialize in reclaiming wood, mostly from old barns and warehouses, or in my case from Wyoming snowfence.

Good luck, and glad to see someone looking to use reclaimed wood – I think it is not only better for the environment but more beautiful and interesting!

-- Erin, Wyoming,

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#11 posted 06-21-2010 07:17 PM

Try contacting a tree trimmer or service

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#12 posted 06-21-2010 08:20 PM

Our recycling center has pallets that are free for the taking.

-- Joe

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#13 posted 06-22-2010 08:43 PM

Old houses and barns are a great resource…be wary though of the ones that have fallen down because something (like termites and ants) has helped it to the ground.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 05:39 AM

What is your definition of reclaimed? If you include trees from local windfall, tree services or your own dead trees.. I’m 30+ minutes from you.

good luck..


-- Kyle Edwards,, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 06:40 PM

I’ll have to bookmark your site Kyle… I’m in Charlotte as well and have had pretty good luck getting good deals on lumber in the area. There is one guy that is my go-to for maple these days and he still have a trailers worth of curly hard Michigan maple that I love to work with. There are also some guys in the area that build doors and have good sized cut outs of sappelle and walnut from time to time as well. Craigslist here is hit or miss with reclaimed… some folks try charging more for reclaimed pine than most new lumber because of the popularity of using reclaimed wood now.

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