This is a cry for help really.
I have a house full of old knotty pine tongue & groove walls & ceilings. This house and this wood especially holds a special place in my heart. The house must be torn down, and you will all understand that I just can’t let all that wood go up in smoke.
There is approximately 3700lf of 7” boards. The longest being on the ceiling and are 16’. I have taken off a couple boards and ran them through the planer to see what they would look like (see pictures).
My problem is that I do not know how to get these boards off with out them splitting. They are faced nailed with two finish nails per stud. The wood is VERY dry and splits easy. I took a sawsall and ran behind the boards to snip the nails off. Then pushed the nails back through the face. This works OK for the walls, you just have to sacrifice the top couple boards and a little thickness in the planer to get the sawsall marks out. I can have good 7” boards if I am only worried about the one side or just under 3” boards if I am worried about both sides and do not want the groove down the middle.
My questions: Because of the brittleness of the lumber, I am wondering if I am just wasting my time trying to get it out? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get it out with minimal damage? Do you think this lumber would be useful enough to be worth messing with? To build what?
This is on my Grandpa’s property and his farm could use some help. I don’t think I would be able to use it all, so if anyone was interested, I’m going to try and get as much as possible and sell some to help pay for some farm maintenance.
Side note. I was thinking about taking the old 2×4 studs and make my worch bench from them. They are very dry and seem to be in great shape. Not 100% sure on the type of wood, but will update when I know. They are very rough cut. Within 1/4” of 2” thick either way. Sound like a good idea or not worth while?
-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas