Barn stored wood - not sure of species?

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04-22-2014 02:00 PM

hey all :) trying to discern if this wood is any good and if I should pony up. I have some storage projects I think it would be perfect for but… not sure. any input appreciated while I pour over the pics :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 02:11 PM

hm. found a better pile as well!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 02:17 PM

Hard to tell what they are, but in all likelihood they were from whatever was growing locally. Given their age, the pictures alone can make it difficult to determine whether or not they’re hard or soft wood. The fact they haven’t listed the thickness or the average widths, many assumptions have to be made regarding the value. If it’s not too far away it might be worth taking a look and making an in-person determination. I suspect (based on many assumptions) the price would work out to less than $1.00/bdft. which could be a good deal if they’re hardwood a full 1” thick, straight and not checked.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 02:20 PM

Wow, jill, that second stack of lumber is quite a stack. Of course, while it’s really hard to tell just how much lumber is there, the price sure seems right if the species are as described. I’d buy it if it were me, as long as I had a place to put it and had the means to work with it.

In the first ad it looks like there’s less lumber but it’s still, probably, around $1.00 / bf which is pretty good for barn lumber. It looks like it’s in not bad shape for being 100 years old and may be usable for some projects.

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 02:26 PM

Looks like pine to me.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 02:28 PM

I see some worm holes in the last pic on the first posting. Could be powder post beetles or it could be wormy chestnut. Id take a hand saw and a plane with me to see whats under those years.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 02:34 PM

What about it makes you think of pine, Steve ? Maybe the cracking in the top board in the last picture but that seems like pretty slim evidence. Did you see something else ?

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#7 posted 04-22-2014 03:11 PM

just glanced through them quickly, so I could be wrong. Picture number 7, lower board, the grain pattern makes me think of pine. I had a stack of barn wood pine that was about 100 years old…looked pretty similar.

I agree with the above though, if I were buying it I would take a block plane and a handsaw to get a better look at what it is.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 04-22-2014 11:20 PM

If that’s worth $150 ive got a few thousand dollars worth of 150 year old barn wood under a tarp at my work i got for free haha. I’d probably buy that 2nd offer though. Anyways, most of the barn wood I’ve got, a lot have split ends like that, most of it is red oak.

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 02:34 AM

For the first pic I’d offer him $50, let him turn it down but make sure he has my number. If nobody else buys it, he’ll call back and be glad he god something for it.

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 02:42 AM

I saw the same thing as camps764. There seems to be a bit of grain peeking through one board that is distinctly pine. That said, some close ups of other boards make me think there’s a mix. Being an old barn floor, I don’t see it as unlikely that whatever was left made it into the barn floor.

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#11 posted 04-23-2014 03:50 AM

I was seeing some oak in the last picture but the rest of the wood is too dirty to tell. Where I’m from barns were mostly made of hardwood and white oak was favored. On the interior you find red oak, maple, walnut, whatever was on the land. It didn’t make sense to use pine in a structure that would be carrying a work load for a number of years. Not saying some folks didn’t do it but the majority barns I’ve been in have been hardwood. The fact that the boards are up to 12” wide is good. I think some of the guys posting comments didn’t realize the pictures were showing each layer off the stack as they were moved out. The old stuff will be prettier with more pronounced figure than cut offs a furniture shop will be culling. I’d get the old wood.

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#12 posted 04-23-2014 04:04 AM

I’d also be inclined towards the old stuff, working right now with old barn find cherry. Weights more then modern cherry, has a darker color fresh out of the planer then stuff in the piled that was milled 2 years ago. Just nice stuff, as others said, bring a block plane to check it.

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#13 posted 04-23-2014 12:09 PM

Hmm – thanks for the input guys! I was thinking pine or oak myself but yeah – it’s not close enough/clean enough for me to not second guess even that! The furniture shop post was on the 6th and this post on the old wood was way more recent – like last weekend I think? So more likely to still be around :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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