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Project by Gary posted 08-28-2008 04:37 AM 1696 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In a lounge discussion, Jerry shared the story of a huge barn he’s deconstructing and reclaiming the lumber.
That story is here
I’ve got a similar, though smaller, situation that’ll eventually result in more sawdust at home.
A friend called me regarding a house being torn down roughly 6 miles from my home. Jim’s grandfather had built this place when he returned home from the war in 1870. The house wall built completely with old growth local Florida heart pine—today’s Antique Heart Pine.
The contractor is deconstructing the old house manually so that lots and lots of the material will be re-usable once the nails are pulled and the wood stripped.
I’ve picked up two pickup truck load’s full. These two show about 2/3 of the load. The large pile on the ground is 16’ long, about 4’ wide and maybe 2’ high; the pile on the bench is roughly 8’ long and 3-4’ high.
The heart pine is so dense, the weight is similar to white oak or Brazilian cherry.

The next step is to make a place to store it for a while, pull the nails and stack it.
More photos coming this weekend as I plane some of these and show y’all before and after pics.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/





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lazyfiremaninTN

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 04:45 AM

good looking haul. Did it cost you anything?

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Don Newton

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 04:46 AM

Lots of wood there! Get one of those metal detector thingies. I’m sure thay are cheaper than a good saw blade. By the way, was the material free? If so…...great deal!!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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Gary

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 05:03 AM

Yes, the material was free although I’ve spent about 6 hours picking, loading and unloading so far.
And, three other guys each got an 8-10’ flatbed trailer load too. There’s more to be had but I think it’s too likely to have bugs as it was the house’s siding so I’m gonna pass on it.
The white looking stuff was a T&G 3/4” thick porch ceiling and we need a ceiling for the porch on our home which has locally harvested 5-1/4” wide T&G pine floors—roughly 50/50 heart pine/longleaf pine.
The 2X6’s and 2X4’s are gonna make lots and lots of projects. There will be lots of resawing in the future.
And a metal detector is planned for the near future; before this stuff sees the table saw or band saw.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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TomK

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 05:16 AM

What a haul!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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Douglas Krueger

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 06:51 AM

Great find, all I get to do is drool and dream of finding a cache like that.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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Sac

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 01:36 PM

Thanks for the story hit. That is a great frind. I understand about pulling the nails. I’ve pulled alot so far. I am saving them in a 5gal bucket. Good luck witht he projects you will be making with all this great reclaimed wood! It is a nice way to get some good quality wood at the cost of labor and gas.

-- Jerry

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Karson

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 03:02 PM

:ooks great Gary. B safe have fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 04:11 PM

I’m glad you were able to save the wood for a second life. My make those trees proud.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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Callum Kendall

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 07:24 PM

Great haul!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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scottb

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#10 posted 08-29-2008 02:10 AM

those pre-1900 boards have such better figure and grain in them than anything fresh off the rack at the big box. I can’t believe how tight the grain is on some of the pine trim in my house and how few and widely spaced the rings are at the BORG – trees must be growing like bamboo on a farm somewheres!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Gary

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#11 posted 08-29-2008 02:16 AM

Here’s a photo of one of the pieces kiss planed with no finish on it; just the old raw wood. ;-)
Planed, reclaimed old growth Heart Pine.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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ratchet

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#12 posted 08-29-2008 08:07 PM

thats alot of pen blanks. nice haul G.

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WhattheChuck

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#13 posted 08-31-2008 04:29 AM

Hi Gary,

Nice haul, for sure. Be careful, though—potential of lead paint is real.

best,

Chuck

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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Gary

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#14 posted 08-31-2008 08:03 PM

Chuck,
That’s a good warning. I think most of the paint is just whitewash. Still, I’ll take a piece to someone
who can discern if it’s a lead-based paint.
Rat, there may be a few pen blanks in this load but most of it is destined for furniture or reuse as
a T&G ceiling.

Gary

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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WhattheChuck

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#15 posted 09-02-2008 05:13 AM

Hi Gary,

Well, ‘shiny’ means lead in general. But a quick test can’t hurt.

Good luck with it!

Chuck

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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