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Forum topic by MrWhit posted 06-18-2017 04:12 PM 489 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrWhit

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06-18-2017 04:12 PM

A coworker of mine gave me a bunch of old barn boards. Her husband had gotten them helping a buddy teardown an old barn. He was going to use for shiplap inside an attic room, but decided there wasn’t enough and it wasn’t worth the time. I didn’t need a bunch of old worn out pine full of nails, but I said “yes” anyway. I WAS LIED TO!!! After three hours of pulling nails expecting beautiful old pine boards, instead I discover it’s just a bunch of 4/4 maple with a bit of oak. Great now what I’m I supposed to do with all this amazing lumber!?


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#1 posted 06-18-2017 04:24 PM

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 04:39 PM

Make some pallets out of those boards. People are always looking for pallets.

Or

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#3 posted 06-18-2017 09:25 PM

Nice salvage.
Stack it up neatly until you figure out an project.
Now that you have the lumber…...lots of ideas will pop into your head.
Todays market OLD boards are what the younger people want in their homes.
I spent this week at a friends place. His wife decided to tear down a barn they have. (She knew I did one last year )....Isaid I would help….thats fine her daughters were coming and they will manage….her next question was…..WHICH BOARDS DO WE SAVE and which ones do we scrap ? Both her husband and I said you can tear down an old bin and get the same material…....NO she wants “Barn boards”
She has already stepped on a nail, girls are tired…..they have 2 small walls off ?

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#4 posted 06-19-2017 12:20 AM

That second board (the larger piece in the photo) looks more like chestnut than oak. Is it relatively light weight? Like poplar? Or is it heavy and dense? Chestnut is relatively light compared to oak. Chestnut is common in older barns…

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 12:25 AM



That second board (the larger piece in the photo) looks more like chestnut than oak. Is it relatively light weight? Like poplar? Or is it heavy and dense? Chestnut is relatively light compared to oak. Chestnut is common in older barns…

- sawdustdad

Naw, it’s oak. Heavy as a brick, planes up nicely. Its hard to tell with the phone camera. I’ve split enough oak to know it well.

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