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Forum topic by Tooch posted 07-31-2013 08:29 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 08:29 PM

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I have been looking at a ton of projects made out of reclaimed barn lumber, and I would like to get into using it. The only problem is, however, I have no idea where to begin finding reclaimed barn lumber.

I live in Western Pennsylvania, and I know there are tons of barns within (an hour ride), but I don’t even know where to begin searching for lumber.

Any help is appreciated, especially if you live in Western PA, Ohio, or WV and can point me in the right direction.


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#1 posted 07-31-2013 08:32 PM

Pioneer Millworks specializes in reclaimed lumber. They might have something for you or some insights…nice folks.

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 08:34 PM

We have gotten it from all over, But keep coming back to this outfit in Ohio. Olde Wood

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 08:39 PM

I find most of my reclaimed materials including barn wood on I just checked listings in PA and there are tons of available sources. Some are companies that specialize in reclaimed material, and some are just folks trying to get rid of some random boards. Either way, do some shopping to get a feel for what the material is going for in your neighborhood. Expect to pay more for wood that’s already been cleaned and prepped (as in the nails are gone)

Good luck to ya.

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 09:40 PM

Go out for a drive with your significant other, stop at a farm with an old barn or two and ask. They usually know someone that has it if they don’t. Be prepared, it’s not cheap if the farmer knows what he’s got.

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 09:43 PM

Do that same drive, but look for old farm houses with newer looking barns. The old siding boards just might be stacked inside!!

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 01:44 AM

Go to and search barn lumber or reclaimed lumber or any other combinations that might have a matching ad. I did this and got a bunch of 100 year old yellow pine 6 by 8. I pulled the square nails and had it milled to the sizes I needed.

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