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Blog entry by john posted 03-23-2010 03:13 PM 9278 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the last few months i have been watching my barn wood pile slowly fading away . It may have something to due the fact that i built close to 50 birdhouses in the last year .

Well a few days ago i was out for a drive and i stumbled onto this old barn that was falling down .It is located about 5 miles out of town from where i live .
I went and talk to the owner and he mentioned that it was great timing because he planned on taking the barn down this coming May .
I told the farmer who i was and like most people in my area they already knew who i was and what i do with barn wood .
Anyway he says give me a hundred dollars and the barn is yours . So now it looks like i will be able to continue building more of my Extreme Birdhouses for a few more years :-)
I am really excited about this barn because it has nice some great looking boards .Some of them are over 18” wide . This pile is from day 1 so far .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 03:18 PM

My god! Whot a wonderful lot of wood.
I love your way of thinking.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 03:26 PM

what a score , john !

around here ,
that wood would be more expensive than fresh milled wood !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 03:27 PM

That was a big barn…....................alot of work you are doing…...........can’t wait to see the projects you are going to build with all of that good old barn wood. The look that you get from old barn wood is awesome.


-- Robin Renee'

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 03:40 PM

I am soooo jealous. I’ve bought 2 barns so far and both saved my bacon from finacial ruin. theres a ton of good lumber in there


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 03:50 PM

a very niiice score you lucky man


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#6 posted 03-23-2010 04:06 PM

wow. john. lot of good wood. i saw a couple boards in that pile i wish were mine. lol. dont relish your work tearing it down. but love the beams. any butternut beams in that barn?

wish i lived closer. have fun. and i love your birdhouses.

-- pat,ohio...

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 04:10 PM

Thanks everyone . I usually get the barns for free but they are getting harder to come by every year .
One thing i like about old barn wood ( hemlock ) is the look can be so different depending on what side of the barn the material came from or if it came from inside the barn .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 04:12 PM

Thanks Pat , There are some butternut boards on the inside of the barn .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 04:16 PM

Way to go John. That will keep you busy for a while. Happy tearing down’

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#10 posted 03-23-2010 04:51 PM

Wow!! Nice haul. Where do you store the wood after you tear it down and haul it to your place? Do you have much of a problem with termites or carpenter ants? I worry about termites getting into my house from old lumber after I bring it home as my storage area is in my garage. Do you treat the lumber in any way and if so, What do you use?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#11 posted 03-23-2010 04:56 PM

The weathered wood tells of so much history and shows off the natural grain even more. It’s wonderful that an old barn is getting a new life among people instead of rotting or being burned. AND the wildlife get a new home to brag about too!

Do you treat the birdhouses after you construct them?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 03-23-2010 05:07 PM

Un believeable, to just happen up on it. I dont have that kind of luck. Mine is more, “well, if you had come by last week….” Nice find. This will make some birds pretty happy after you finish with them… Way to go

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#13 posted 03-23-2010 05:09 PM

Thanks Ken and mmh , The first thing i do is check for bugs . Once i see no bugs i store all the lumber upstairs in my shop once i pull all the old nails.
I have a hole in the floor so i can pass the lumber down whenever i need some .

I only treat the material that i put through the planer . I use thompson’s water seal and then let the wood naturally turn grey again . As you can see my wood pile was really low .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#14 posted 03-23-2010 05:11 PM

Thanks Gary !
I was actually on my way to go look at some barnwood that someone was selling and i just happened to see this one on the way .
Good thing because the other guy had lousy wood .Too thin and lots of splits .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#15 posted 03-23-2010 08:29 PM

Good score!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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