Re-use of 2006'ish used cedar fence boards

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 08-11-2020 12:35 AM 297 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-11-2020 12:35 AM

I hate to dispose of 65’ of wood. I am in the middle of my retaining wall / new fence project and had to take down my damaged cedar fence line that is 15 years old. Is possible to re-use these type of cedar boards that have seen many of winters? I do not see many previous posts about re-purposing cedar or even redwood fencing panels.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 08-11-2020 02:15 AM

There’s got to be a few boards of good wood under the exterior layers. If you have a small planer, run some through to see what comes out the other side.

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#2 posted 08-11-2020 01:56 PM

I suggest contacting a couple of wood dealers for purchase. Sugi Ban is also great! Its torching the wood to not only harden it, fire resistant and it’s beautiful. Antique shops might know people that might want it to help pay for your wall. Good luck

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#3 posted 08-11-2020 02:09 PM

bird houses !!!
scads and scads of bird houses !!


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#4 posted 08-11-2020 03:31 PM

after taking a hard look, I decided to just put on CL for free. Bird houses could be an option. However, I need these gone as real estate in the back yard is dwindling day to day for this fence/paver project. Plus, majority of the boards are warped, cracked, 9000 staples in them, etc. These boards have seen harsh 100 degree days and 0 degree blizzard winters over the last 15 years. I am sure, never treated nor sealed.
I put on CL this morning. Already 15 replies :) People must think I’m giving free toilet paper during the corona virus, or something.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#5 posted 08-11-2020 07:05 PM

Looks like bird houses and kindling. Cedar makes the best kindling.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 08-12-2020 01:52 PM

I have seen people make birdhouses, small cabinets, signs, picture frames, walls, and even beverage coolers out of them. For the beverage cooler you basically build a small cabinet with legs and place a cooler inside, add a bottle opener to the outside and put a hinged top on it. I have a friend who has owns a fence company and he says that in my area (north TX) a lot of the homeowners think that there is a need for the old pickets and they want to keep them to sell or giveaway. He talks about 99% of the people out of it because there is 100x more supply than demand. If he has to salvage the wood and stack it up for the homeowner he charges a premium, they will not remove the nails or even separate pickets from rails. They cut the fence into sections and stack them up flat. When the homeowner realizes that they know have a huge pile of garbage in their back yard that is going to attract rodents, he charges another $400 – $500 to remove it because it now is being handled at second time and it all has the be carried through the gate and out to a trailer.

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