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Forum topic by Dashome posted 04-10-2014 03:31 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2014 03:31 PM

New to the hobby and am looking for a place to get reclaimed barn wood around Chicago. My wife is really enthusiastic about reclaimed barnwood. I have had some luck on Craigslist, but am finding it is 2-3x, even 4x ($2/bf,-3.75/bf for pine or fur) as expensive as the big box stores. Does anyone know of a reasonable source? I live in the northern suburbs, near Gurnee.

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 05:55 PM

There is an outfit called G.H. Woodworking and Sawmill in Wauconda that has a good selection of barnboard. Apparently, they are in the process of moving to a new location, so I’m not sure of their current status. I found this on Facebook.

BTW, the cost on barn board is high because the labor needed to remove boards, remove nails, resharpen tooling from missed nails!, a high waste factor and limited supply in this market. Consider that you are paying for unique and one of a kind versus commodity.

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 07:35 PM

Thanks for that insight. I have come to understand that a bit more from my research throughout the day. I not come across GH Woodworking yet so I appreciate the tip.

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 08:28 PM

I have tons of barnwood and old historic flooring materials for sale, with one teardown coming in late July, and also a 600 sq. ft. bundle of 1×6 pine flooring which is 130 years old from a historic building in Oak Park. Range of items includes huge hardwood hand hewn beams, to tin sheets, and many smaller harwood beams such as 6” x 4”, and up to 10” x 14”. The barn products can be powerwashed or raw. Anyone interested in particular items can email me. Sawmill, resaw, planing, and shaping services are available.

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 11:07 PM

Hey Chipmaster.. I am in Oak Park, my shop in in Canaryville/Bridgeport…where are you located?

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