Reclaimed Lumber for Woodworking

Reclaimed Lumber

There are several ways to find free reclaimed lumber. You need to know where to look to find salvage timber that is free for the taking. Here are a few ways to get the free recycled wood you're looking for.

Old Barns and Buildings

Old barns and mills are a great source for high quality timber. Many are long past their prime and are falling apart and the owners are in the middle of tearing it down. Most barn owners can happily give you their old dilapidated wood just to get it out of the way. You can post an ad online for the newspaper letting people know you will pick up any discarded lumber.

You can use an ad that says:
Wanted old barns to recycle
Will remove your barn and clean up the site in exchange for the lumber
Telephone number ...

You may be surprised by the volume of calls you receive. Once the roof of the building starts to go it doesn't take long for the structure to become in poor shape. Beams began to rot and the framing starts to buckle and slips off the foundation. Insurance companies refuse to insure them so they are a liability.
You can be helpful for both the barn owner and it helps yourself.
The service you provide is worth many times with the wood in the building is worth to the owner of that structure.


Many times the first call a farmer or developer makes is when they need to dispose of an old barn or building to an excavation company. This is another opportunity to pick up free reclaimed lumber.
Contact the excavators in your area and give them your best card.
You can let them know that you recycle wood from old barns and buildings. Get them to call you before they start the demolition project. That way you can look at it before they begin and get as much reclaimed wood is you need before they get started.
This appeals to excavation contractors because they will have less wood to dispose of.

Remodeling Contractors

It would be great if all you had to do is to drop off the trailer wait a few days and pick it up full of reclaimed wood. Sound like a dream? Here is what you will need to do.
Getting in touch with some remodeling contractors. Let them know that you will haul away any wood that they tear out of the house. Contractors are happy to give the antique building materials to you as it saves them money on disposal costs. Try to find an area where there are a lot of old houses.
Make sure you let the contractor know that you are recycling the wood and you take wood only.
You do not take drywall insulation or other divorce. If you find you end up with a lot of debris start charging a disposal fee.
You will get some junk wood and lumber scraps but you can always sell them, as campfire would burn it in a woodstove.