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Blog entry by rb1 posted 08-06-2007 08:11 AM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good morning everyone- Where would I find reclaimed wood?? I live in San Diego,Ca.
I’ve been looking at the videos on the site with those of you who bought reclaimed wood and I really liked the color of the wood. I know I won’t find the same in this corner of the world, but to work on something that cool would be great. Should I go to my local mountains and see whom might have some or….anyone has a better idea?


-- rb1

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#1 posted 08-06-2007 02:46 PM

Look in the phone book under recyclers or salvage. There are salvage companies in every major city and I’m sure between SD and LA there are lots. Also check with any wood working clubs and your local tool supplier. Also major suppliers of hardwoods in your area might know who has salvaged wood. When you buy the wood also invest in a metal detector. It will save you a lot of planer blades.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 08-06-2007 03:40 PM

Richard are you looking for downed trees or like pallet lumber? Pallets you can find around some businesses that have received a shipment and they trash them. Some companies get so many that they ship them back to pallet companies.

I gentleman up the road from me get long pallets and he tares them apart and makes privies for people to put in their yards. So the boards are over 7’ long.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-06-2007 06:42 PM

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#4 posted 08-06-2007 11:19 PM

All are very good ideas. Thank you gentlemen,

-- rb1

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#5 posted 08-07-2007 03:40 AM

Check out some of the old horse ramches or riding stables. Try Del Mar area. Try mountain areas like Julian or Harbison canyon for barnwood. I kust keep my eyes open for old abandoned barns or fences. Make sure you clear it with the property owner for salvaging the wood and honor ALL of heir requests. A good relationship with them may lead top further salvage opportunities.

One thing with old barnwod, though, isolate it from your other wood and sray it for termites/beetles and then wrap in plastic wrap and lei it set for at least a month. Two or three months, or even a year woud be better. Better safe than sorry. I am agraiud some dry rot termites have piggy backed in my old barnwood when we moved from our old house in Bisbee

If you are just loking for newer wood that can be salvaged, try some of the Japanese moptorcycle dealers in your area. Some of the pallets are made with some exotic harwoods from the Pacific. Harley dealers have pallets with some poplar or even oak or maple. Check with soem of your smaller hardware and home repair stores for pallets, or even shippers, like UPS or Fedex. Some of their pallets are made of hardwood, too.

If you are going to salvage wood from pallets, I would HIGHLY reccomend the Extractor nail remover system! Here is a link for it:
I use it all the time and it really is a grfeat time saver when pulling all teh nails and staples from wood!

One last thing, and it is really important:
Clean up any mess that you make and leave the area where you salvage the wood in a BETTER condition than when you started! the owner will not only apreciate this, but can be used as a refference for others whe you need to salvage from them. You can check at for books that deal with salvaging wood and projects made from them. There are some great ones, there!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#6 posted 08-07-2007 04:20 AM

Personally I go to Habitat for Humanity Warehouse shop every so often. They re-do some old homes. A lot of times you can make a really good deal on some smaller hardwood pieces, trim(s), 2×4’s, 2×6’s and 1” slabs, etc….

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 08-08-2007 06:36 AM

Hawg- Thanks for all the advice. I have some work ahead of me. I would not have thought about wrapping the wood with plastic wrap. Thanks again. PanamaJack- I like that idea about

Thank you all for your great advice.

-- rb1

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