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Forum topic by TheJoineryGallery posted 04-07-2011 03:21 AM 2078 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2011 03:21 AM

This “Green” Thing seems to be really taking off. Im getting potential clients seeing my work then asking if I ever used reclamined stuff! I dont know where to find it! Why can someone set up a Reclaimed Wood Shed” Use a disclaimer about No Responsible for nails found embedded into your newy purchased plank. Since ther is no such shop where would you all go to find go reclaimed stuff you can bring it you shops?


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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:17 AM

JoineryGallery -

My source of reclaimed lumber is a city government reuse program available for non-profit groups. In some areas, salvage yards do the most business in that vein. Habitat for Humanities runs stores which use recycled stuff. I’ve also had luck with office demolitions for good chipboard w/ veneer materials.

Shipping pallets can be a good choice, depending on your source. The pallets I’ve seen usually have fairly good 2x sections in the middle for bigger work.

There’s a source of white/red oak in Houston, if your close. Industrial packing material. The posts are true 4×4 stuff with interesting grain if you don’t mind resawing.

In reality, I think the best advice is to keep your bandsaw sharp and your eyes sharper.


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#2 posted 04-07-2011 04:50 AM

Sound Advice thank you


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#3 posted 04-07-2011 05:37 AM

i drive around the industrial parks and see whats outside in or around the dumpsters , they toss it out and i have found some interesting wood , fiber barrels ect.

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 08:07 AM

Depending on your location there may be another option. Here in St Pete, Florida there is a company named Viable Lumber who goes to local sites where hardwood trees are being removed and arranges for a portable sawmill to be there and mill the lumber. Then it is sold with some given to volunteers who help, and the new owners air dry the wood for their own use. The lumber this produces would otherwise have wound up in a landfill or someones fireplace but now can be used for a multitude of purposes. We have a lot of hardwoods growing here including rosewood, and many others. I am sure there are similar operations in other areas as well. You might want to go to to learn more about the process.

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 03:23 PM

I would try and contact some of the local demolition companies. Working for a demo company myself, i am able to keep most of the lumber that comes off of our demo jobs. I know that we cant let anyone on our sites if we are working under a general contractor without insurance though. Most of the time you can get the lumber for free, i know that if i wasn’t a woodworker and someone came up to me and asked if they coudl remove a bunch of stuff that we were contracted to do, id let em have at it for free because it would save us time and disposal.

Google “construction blue book” to get a lead on local demo guys.

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 04:58 PM

I went to a local hard wood flooring distributor and was able to get the pallets the flooring came in on. The pallets many times are made from the flooring material that was not good enough for flooring. The larger parts of the pallets are made from local wood. I have picked up some nice wood this way but need to watch for gravel and nails before working with it.

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 05:16 PM

You could also check out your local “freecycle” list as well as Craigslist for folks looking to have wood of all varieties recycled. I can somewhat regularly find old oak Waterbed frames that provide LOTS of material to work from. You’ll have to clean it up, and most likely re-mill it, water bed rails tend to warp over the years due to the stress of the mattress constantly pushing out…

A bit riskier might be to go after urban lumber. Trees removed from urban properties due to sick or no longer desired trees. A sawyer near you might be willing to cut them up for you, but may make you responsible for any damaged band saw blades if they run into metal in the tree.

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 05:17 PM

I use habitat restore, and I go to farm auctions. (Every farm seems to have a pile of lumber stacked indoors somewhere)

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#9 posted 04-07-2011 05:18 PM

google “reclaimed timber”

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 05:21 PM

My Habitat for Humanity resale shop carries a good bit of reclaimed wood. The last time I was there, there was a stack of chestnut up to my hips with a “sold” sign on it. I cried and ran out of the store.

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 02:23 AM

I’ve got a salvage yard nearby, and Craigslist in my area has all sorts of reclaimed Redwood and older tight grained Doug Fir.

And I’ve got moderate sized stashes of:

  • Peruvian Mahogany reclaimed from box beams from a mansion renovation
  • Eastern Hard Maple that a stamp handle manufacturer considers off-cuts and scrap (in 5+ foot lengths)
  • Massaranduba, Ipe, and a few other exotics pulled from the scrap pile at a nearby high end deck place because it’s the corner pieces where the metal shipping straps cut into the wood, or it got tweaked such that it’s got a crack somewhere in it (still leaving long usable pieces), or similar

All those came off of Craigslist.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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