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Forum topic by Lumberzach12 posted 07-10-2012 03:43 AM 879 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lumberzach12

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07-10-2012 03:43 AM

Ok I been trying to plan out a hutch to build for my mom. But there’s one problem. There’s two different woods she likes. One is old barn wood and the other oak. I’m trying to figure which one would be more wallet friendly. I can get oak milled for cheap and I can get old barn wood for cheap but the oak would have to be kiln dried. Would I pay more for the oak to be kiln dried or the barn wood for a dollar a board?

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 04:12 AM

The “barn wood” you speak of could be risky. Reclaimed wood can often be improperly dried and that will lead to many more problems. If you can get history on the wood and see where its been how it was dried, etc, then if it all checks out I would go for it if it floats your boat.
Kiln dried oak is reasonably priced and you can even get quarter sawn white for a reasonable cost. Around 6 six dollars in my area last time I checked.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 04:13 AM

Quality wood will lead to a much more enjoyable and smoother project.
Make sure the reclaimed wood has been dried properly for at least a year per 4/4

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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