|Forum topic by Mortimer452||posted 09-19-2013 07:37 AM||1198 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-19-2013 07:37 AM
So, I’m getting ready to tear down an old barn on my property, curious about what type of wood is in here and whether it’s worth salvaging what little good wood remains. “Good” meaning not rotted or split or full of termite damage.
Not sure when this structure was built. The home was built around 1890-1900, I think the barn was added years later but I could be mistaken. It is 25×40’ The construction is sortof like half framed construction and half pole-barn. There is a concrete footer with 2×6 bottom plate, but no studs, just 4×6 posts every 8 feet or so, horizontal 2×10 girts on the bottom, waist-height and at top of the walls, and a 2×6 top plate. The walls are covered with 1×12 boards in 8’ lengths, either with two 4’ boards stacked on end or a single 8’ board. There is also galvanized steel siding over the boards, but I think that was added sometime long after it was built, in an attempt to cover the badly weathered siding.
Roof is nothing more than 2×4’s running at roughly 12/12 pitch to a peak at the top. No trusses, no other supporting members of any kind.
I busted off one of the 1×12 siding pieces with a hammer, part of one of this board is below. It breaks fairly easily, and has a very sweet smell to the broken ends, alot like pine but not quite. It is light reddish-brown in color. I don’t have a planer so I just made a 45-degree cut with miter saw to expose the grain.