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Forum topic by kodmfl posted 06-29-2014 09:38 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-29-2014 09:38 PM

This is probably a crazy question but I’m looking for a source of surplus cedar lumber for building fences and raised beds for gardens. I would prefer to use cedar especially for the raised beds. Obviously there are companies out there that building the fences themselves and others that make log cabin kits out of cedar wood. I would think these companies might have surplus or discarded material that might be adaptable to my purposes but then again maybe this is just another one of my crazy ideas.

If anyone has any thoughts along these lines I’d appreciate it and particularly if anyone has any ideas for companies I could approach in the Southeast US for this kind of opportunity.

General comments about surplus/salvage lumber would also be welcome.

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 09:43 PM

Craigslist and local newspaper the best bet to find small quantities from home owners but the problem is most want you to haul off everything and a lot of damaged and waste.

Larger operations usually have waste but they are very good at minimizing waste. They utilize most to maximize profit. So most pieces are too short to really do much with unless smaller projects.

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 09:44 PM

Maybe check out local contractors. Hardi siding is all the rage, so maybe someone removing old cedar lap would help you out.

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