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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 11-18-2015 12:44 AM 878 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2015 12:44 AM

Just curious what the prices are for reclaimed lumber around your parts of the country? I can sometimes find barnwood cheap on craigslist from time to time, but more times than not lately, it’s just as expensive as kd hardwood. Don’t know if people are actually paying the prices I’ve seen asked, but when I can get 8/4 walnut or curly maple, or some old weathered oak, hmmmmm which would I want to buy.


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ColonelTravis

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 12:55 AM

insane, I don’t even bother looking any more.

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 01:05 AM

I saw one ad last week but didn’t call because it was mostly tier beams like 3×3, only wanted a $1 a board so the ad said, most are $3/bf and up.

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 02:56 AM

I have never seen much at a very good price on craigslist or in a store.
Everyone think it’s so in demand, they price it like a precious commodity.

Luckily, my parents tore down a small barn on their ranch. It’s nothing super old, but the lumber has great circular sawmill marks on it and great patina.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 03:04 AM

Yea I got a bunch of real old barnwood from a buddy of mine, wish it would have been more thicker stuff, would love to make a table out of some nice old stuff but def not going to pay the prices people want.

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 11:30 AM

I’ve seen quite a bit of it here in the rust belt and people must think they’ve mined it from ore. It’s ridiculous and with variable thickness no one knows how to price it by the board foot, it’s either by the square foot or linear foot.

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 12:18 PM

Around me here in SE Tennessee, companies have sprung up who would rather sell things they make out of it, like remounting doors, making mantles, simple tables, etc. I don’t know how they are doing, they seem to come ang go, but someone always pops up with a new one. I’ve seen barn doors remounted for a house hit the $1200-1500 mark. All they do is put it on a new slider bar and lightly sand it and spray it with poly. You mount it.

The remaining stock they like to offer often is priced more than I currently pay for air dried oak, cherry and walnut. I find it to be a niche wood that currently none of my customers are asking for. Seems like it kind of had its run here.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 01:47 PM

I have about 200bf of 4×4s and 2×4s from a buddy’s barn. I listed it at $1.50/bf on craigslist and never got a real buyer. So now its taking space in my shop until I find a project for it. Might become my workbench.

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 09:14 PM

There’s a bunch of reclaimed oak and poplar around here right now. It’s not comically priced but usually comes out to around 6-7$/bf which is more than double what I pay for kd.

I did get a kick out of this ad. It’s been up for about a month so I guess he’s holding firm. I think I’m going into the Walnut “finishing” business.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 11-18-2015 09:27 PM

I just moved AGAIN ! (Last move)
I just SOLD my lumber pile for .50 bd. ft.
I had 2000 bd ft of 2×10x16 rough cut oak, Soft Maple,cherry,walnut and a pile of architectural mouldings.
I had it listed seperate, this guy took ENTIRE pile. I was ok, he was happy.
Also gave away 1 20ft.shipping container with antique furniture and sold one container for $600.
DEALS can be found.
If I had tore down building this price would be crazy low. Labor to do this must be included in price.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 11-19-2015 12:48 AM



I did get a kick out of this ad. It s been up for about a month so I guess he s holding firm. I think I m going into the Walnut “finishing” business.

- HokieKen

Maybe the scale is off and those boards are 36” wide.
;)

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 02:03 AM

My wood prevaior is selling city trees they mill into lumber, it is more then there regular wood of the same species, I asked them why, they have to scrutinize it more for nails, screws wire, turnbolts ect.
http://www.kmhardwoods.com/

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#12 posted 11-19-2015 10:59 AM

it seems that people with old barns are now trying to cash in on tearing it down and using the money to put on an addition, retire, etc. What you want to look for are people who you can get the wood for free by doing the work yourself. either that or try to find barns that have already been “harvested” but still have some leftovers that the flooring company didn’t want. there may be more nails in them, which is more work, but you may be luckier in the ways of getting it for cheap or free.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 11-19-2015 02:00 PM

I’ve seen people even taking bids on older houses/barns and have to pay to do the work of tearing down and disassembling the structures. One was a bit ambiguous as to whether or not he was paying or charging to disassemble a barn, I told him what I would charge and he gladly accepted assuming that’s what I was willing to pay. After I told him I required half up front and half upon completion he then informed me he was charging for someone to be able to harvest the lumber from the barn. His opinion did not change even after I reminded him of the extensive rot (no metal on the roof for several years) and the equipment that would be required to do the job correctly. Needless to say, it never happened and that was 4 years ago. I was in the area again this summer and the barn was still there, continuing to deteriorate.

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#14 posted 11-19-2015 02:09 PM

I’ve seen people even taking bids on older houses/barns and have to pay to do the work of tearing down and disassembling the structures.

A year ago or so, the city took down a couple of 100+ year old houses around here and held an auction for the various bits… wood, fixtures, doors/windows, etc… They got some astronomical prices for most of it. According to a buddy of mine in the zoning department, they made a pretty good profit over and above what it cost them to tear them down.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#15 posted 11-19-2015 02:55 PM

seems prices jumped when tv shows on reclaimed wood came out.

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