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Salvage your own hardwood lumber and save big bucks

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Barnwood bonanza

Barnwood bonanza

Wooden barns are all the rage in the salvaged wood set. "But don't go hooking a chain to your truck hitch and pulling one down on your head," warns Jay Wikary, CEO of American Barn Company of Chicago. His company specializes in dismantling and salvaging barns and turning the wood into rustic architectural beams, flooring, and custom furniture. Jay says farmers have specific requirements when it comes to demolition. They need to avoid liabilities (meaning you better be insured and knowledgeable about dismantling barns). And they want the entire barn gone, not just partially stripped.

Great finds: Classic timber-frame construction, with long beams, straight grain, and high board-foot yields.
Steer clear of: Wood with signs of powder-post beetle or termite damage. Live insects could easily spread through your wood pile and your home.

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Comments (3)
andrewmoll29460 wrote:

Thank you. As a result, please have broken in to our barn and started stealing wood from the inside out. Please make sure you have the owners permission 1st!!!

11/21/2013 10:05:28 AM Report Abuse
rogerdegood wrote:

good luck on getting this re-sawn or milled. No one with the big heavy equipment will do it. Too afraid of ruining their precious equipment

9/15/2012 04:34:54 PM Report Abuse
bhaven23 wrote:

I tore down and old barn that the owner was going to burn!!!!!!!! RED OAK, RED OAK. Not much left, now.

9/13/2012 12:49:36 PM Report Abuse

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