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Forum topic by BrianC87 posted 10-27-2013 03:17 AM 2679 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2013 03:17 AM

I found an ad on craigslist of a guy selling some barn wood. He listed in the ad that the price is negotiable. I was hoping to get some insight on what barn wood typically goes for so I have an idea what to offer when i go to look at it tomorrow.

The wood still has nails in it and still in large chunks of walls from the looks of it. I’m assuming the building recently collapsed or was just taken down.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 03:56 AM

I see you live in North Dakota. It will soon be covered in snow and if it hasn’t been prepped at all I would start with offering to hall it away free. If it”s like here in South Dakota they are raising old farm buildings and tree groves to gain a few acres of tillable ground. They pile it all up and burn it. Trying to reclaim old barn wood is a lot of work unless you are doing some rustic items. It’s a killer on your planer blades. Just my thoughts and stay warm this winter.

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 06:59 AM

Well, most likely it’s going to be pine so keep it less than what pine is going for locally. I’d go with the other commenter and start with “I’ll be charitable and haul it away for nothing and then not complain when half the boards are worthless”.

If your plans call for a distressed wood look, though, you may be sitting on a gold mine. I recently used some barn boards and just sanded the patina off them and got some amazing looking pine out of them.

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 09:23 AM

Back in the seventies we all did our basement walls with that stuff.Buncha wanna B cowboys with Quiana shirts . bell bottoms and fringe vests. LOL

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 09:30 AM

i’ve seen some listed on cl for $3 a bdft,which the ad has been running for awhile.hope that helps some.

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 02:23 PM

Most of the old barns around here are made from native oak which is very difficult to work with as it has gotten very hard. Tried scrolling some after it had been planed but was almost too hard. Knew a guy that made rustic furniture from it but had to drill before putting in screws.
Most of it for sale here has been prepped by having the nails removed and checked for other metal. I would think that unprepped and disassembled would be worth very little.

-- Kepy

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 02:40 PM

I’ve had a family member request a picture frame out of barn wood. So the only worries I would have with cutting would be if I have to rip it to width and mitering the corners.

I’m not looking to spend a lot on this but figured with everyone wanting things made of reclaimed wood that I might have to prepare myself for what people think the wood is worth.

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 06:47 PM

What they think it’s worth? Who knows, but they’re probably thinking a fair bit because it is fairly fashionable right now. I’ve seen it listed for at least $3/BF but those prices are only for the stuff in good shape, no rotting, and all the nails pulled.

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#8 posted 10-27-2013 07:28 PM

I remember the days of the basement paneling (and remember when people collected beer cans for one wall too). Maybe it will come back???

I’ve used it for picture frames around antique looking prints in a “rustic” cabin environment. I’ve also used it for Christmas nativity barns. And I’ve used it for display barns for collectible small scale tractors. If you are into that, it has some value but for those projects a few of boards would be enough.

It can be nice stuff but has probably weathered a lot and been painted several times so usable material would require a lot of sawdust and you might end up with 1/2” material. And most likely it will have been attached with cut nails (bigger than a brad or finish nailer hole and will probably show some rust coloring).

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#9 posted 10-27-2013 09:09 PM

I’d offer to take it away free!

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#10 posted 10-27-2013 09:15 PM

I agree with everyone who says offer to take for free…worse thing they can say is no.

-- Dana

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#11 posted 10-28-2013 01:34 AM

People in our area have a very inflated idea as to what old barn wood is worth on CL. I see an awful lot of old barns being dozed and burned or buried so I wouldn’t offer much at all.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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