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Forum topic by MrRon posted 02-13-2012 07:07 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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02-13-2012 07:07 PM

....free lumber and need help in identifying it. There are about 40 pieces that measure 3-1/4” x 12” x 12’-0” long. Each end is notched out as shown in the sketch. All I know is, it was used as decking on a ship or barge. There are no nails or bolt holes. One side is clean, other than some debris. The top side has a tar coating that appears to have worked itself down between the boards. The lumber was salvaged in Gulfport, Ms. It appears to be either Douglas Fir or Southern Yellow pine. It is very heavy. I couldn’t even budge one. Do you have any idea what I could use this lumber for? Some sort of outdoor project? Too thick for decking and it would have to be cut in a saw mill for thinner planks. There is a lot more available.


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#1 posted 02-13-2012 07:14 PM

Be careful that the coating is not creoaote, they used it a lot on old factory wood floors. Its a carcinogen. In my mind i woudl say its doug fir, ive come across some thick T&G stuff used for factory flooring and thats what it was.

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 04:20 AM

Likely to be southern yellow pine, probably longleaf, given that the origin is in Mississippi.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln. hamsleyhardwood.com

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 03:55 PM

Likely to be southern yellow pine, probably longleaf, given that the origin is in Mississippi.

That was my assumption also. Now what can I do with it? It looks like the notches were used to secure them to a steel deck. The stuff on them doesn’t look like cresote. It has a thickness of around 1/8”. Could be a tar/bitumin coating. It can be scraped off. It would work great for a retaining wall, but everything here in Ms is flat.

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 04:01 PM

Nice find MrRon. Maybe take one piece into the saw mill and have them mill it down and see if it’s worth your time to do the rest of them.
Maybe it’ll take to stain real nice and you can build some boxes or cabinets from them.

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 05:40 PM

Maybe take one piece into the saw mill and have them mill it down

Resawing would give me a 2×12. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to do that?

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 06:12 PM

I’m not sure, maybe they have a flat shop rate which shouldn’t be too bad.
Take some before and after pics to show the grain.
Call them up I’m sure they would be glad to help out.

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#7 posted 02-15-2012 06:39 PM

Do a little research on the ship it came off of. Get the name or company. People that are still around at some of these outlets have a ton of information—and love to tell you about it. Had heard about a guy that got some scrap (shorts, ends and pieces) wood when they decomissioned and scrapped an old warship. Turned out to be teak. Go figger. You can be sure the wood was treated with the nastiest stuff. Creosote, penta, chlorinated hydrocarbons (carbon tetrachloride), lead, Cr+6, and asbestos (almost for sure). Takes some knowledge to be properly protected against any of these things—if done by a business the regs are too expensive to do anything but dispose of it properly (read expensive) Good Luck. Let us know what you find out. Thanks, s.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#8 posted 02-15-2012 06:47 PM

I got the lumber from a friend who is a trucker. He picked it up as a load for disposal. All he knew about it was it came off a ship. I thought it might have been on a barge to provide a deck surface for a crawler crane used for offshore work, but the wood doesn’t show any damage that crawler treads would make. Possibly it may have been from an offshore support vessel for the oil drilling industry ( we have them in our area of the Gulf).

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