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Forum topic by TonkaTimber posted 01-16-2016 02:05 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-16-2016 02:05 PM

I came across about 10,000 board feet of mostly hardwood that was in the attic of a building in Findlay, Ohio. Prior to 1929 the building had house Hart Desk Mfg.. They closed in 1929 and the lumber sat in the attic until I bought it and brought it to St. Louis recently. It is very dirty and some of it is buggy, but there is some unbelievable wood. Mostly walnut, cherry and quarter-sawn oak. Some slabs 16/4 thick & up to 18’ wide and 16’ long.
Has anyone seen a lot of antique lumber like this? Not reclaimed, but unused milled hardwood lumber. I think it had to be all old growth, right? Last, any ideas what I should do with it or what its worth?

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#1 posted 01-16-2016 03:55 PM

You can always make a cutting board….or even a box. Nyuk nyuk

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 04:10 PM

That’s quite the haul!
I have no idea on the market value, but to me it would be a priceless stock pile for my own use.

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 04:18 PM

there could have been other manufacturing companies after hart desk that set up shop there if you could find the history of building owners/tenants that might help determine if the lumber is pre 1930 growth.

awesome haul tho! i got a lil excited seeing findlay thinkin i might take a roadtrip tp purchase some lumber.
then read further.

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 04:37 PM

I think the answer to your dilemma is obvious! Get rid of all the wood you personally can’t vouch for and donate the lot to those of us that have much lower standards…

Good on you. I can only dream of having access to such a treasure trove of wood.


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#5 posted 01-16-2016 04:44 PM

I’m from the St. Louis area. I’ll be your best friend.

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#6 posted 01-16-2016 05:24 PM

You’re not doing it right. You’re supposed to tell us what kind of deal you got so we can wholeheartedly tell you how much you suck hahaha.

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#7 posted 01-16-2016 05:43 PM

Nice haul, I bet allot of work to move.

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#8 posted 01-16-2016 07:59 PM

Are you saying you bought but didn’t know what for?

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#9 posted 01-16-2016 08:55 PM

I come across a lot of old lumber, not usually that old, but lots of stuff from 50 years back. Most of what I find is from individual stashes. Seams a lot of guys in some point in their life think I will get a mill and become rich or supplement my retirement. Lots of barns stacked full of lumber, out buildings, etc…. Bad part is a lot wasn’t dried or stored properly and they now think they have 5x the value of what they actually have.

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#10 posted 01-16-2016 11:19 PM

Hiw much did you pay?

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#11 posted 01-16-2016 11:35 PM

Ummmmm….I would love to assist. I am retired. I am 30 mi. down the road in Fremont. Lets talk.

Reread….Were you gonna move it back to Findlay? Soon?


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#12 posted 01-17-2016 12:01 AM

Tonka, the value depends, to some extent, on how much more effort you are willing to put into it. If you chose to package it into 20 bdft bundles and post pix in ebay you will get a higher price per bdft than it you wholesale 1000 bdft packages although perhaps less profit. I might be in the minority, but I don’t care if my lumber was milled yesterday or 1000 years ago as long as it is properly dried. I would check local prices and advertise it accordingly. FWIW

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#13 posted 01-17-2016 02:15 AM

That looks like a wood Bonanza. I would worry about powder post beetles in wood that old and dry. Just to throw a little cold water on your find :)

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#14 posted 01-17-2016 02:30 AM

If it was owned by a Hart Desk Mfg., most likely it was kiln dried at some point.
How it was stacked will be the telling factor – how much of it has warped over time due to bad stacks, attacks by powder post and other insects.

If it is true old growth, it should have a lot tighter growth rings, since back then they were still taking mostly virgin growth lumber and the reforestation of the country had not really begun. You have to think of it being milled in the 20’s. I do know of a local lumber mill not far from me that bought a whole building of old growth heart pine, and although he got prosecuted for asbestos issues when they took it out of the building without removing the asbestos, to this day some of the load is still for sale, and is commanding a huge per bd. ft. price over new growth heart pine – if there even is sort of a thing these days, with fast growth pine trees.

I’d say that it is least at much as today’s pricing, with a premium on old growth, if it is truly that old.
It seems to be a bit random right now, looking at your pics. You might want to test the waters with some loads like Art suggested. Or if you want to get rid of a certain amount, I would think on how much time you want to spend on smaller loads being sold to make more money vs. how much you can get fast on larger loads.

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#15 posted 01-17-2016 02:48 AM

What can you build out of antique wood? Antique furniture! :D Now you just need to find some equally antique hardware and finishes, and you’d be all set.

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