Reclaimed lumber is perfect for any number of unique gifts. From the deep reddish tint of reclaimed redwood to the yellowish coloration of Kapur lumber, The Lumber Baron has the largest selection of reclaimed lumber available in the San Francisco Bay region. Renowned for its hardiness, our reclaimed lumber comes from such historical locations as the old Bay Bridge, decommissioned structures, and more.
Installing reclaimed redwood flooring is an excellent way to transform your living space into a unique and inviting area. The redwood will create a rich, natural appearance, and reclaimed lumber comes with a number of advantages. And since The Lumber Baron has onsite milling available, our reclaimed redwood will allow you to create a space that isn’t available through mainstream lumber stores.
A Floor with Character
Reclaimed redwood is more than mere lumber. It also has a history related to the building, bridge, or other structure it was taken from. It has a patina acquired over years and characteristics such as coloration related to exposure to water or other liquids. All redwood lumber shares traits such as coloration, but only reclaimed redwood offers the density, strength, and historical value found in wood harvested in those bygone days.
Benefits of Reclaimed Redwood
The reasons for installing reclaimed redwood flooring include such things as qualifying for “green” building recognition and a natural resistance to decay. Old growth heartwood lumber is recognized for its density, where the growth rings are compressed over time to form lumber that is nearly impervious to moisture, insects, and mold or mildew. When added to the unique luster and texture of reclaimed redwood, the choice is easy to understand.
Advantages of On-Site Milling
The Lumber Baron adds another factor to the equation. We can custom-mill lumber, including non-standard board widths up to 12 inches wide and resurface reclaimed redwood to bring out the best appearance and reduce job-site labor requirements. The big box lumber stores can cut your material to length, but they aren’t equipped for surface milling or custom sizing to match standard lumber sizes used in older homes.
Your weekend flooring project can profit from our 4 decades of experience in selecting and milling lumber. We offer a selection of hand-selected redwood reclaimed from decommissioned bridges, factories, and warehouses, including such historic locations as the Old Bay Bridge. We encourage anyone interested in repurposing this beautiful redwood lumber to stop by The Lumber Baron and take a look at what we have to offer.
Western red cedar is an excellent choice for many projects, but the grade of the lumber you use will determine how well it fits your needs. To help you make the best lumber choice, The Lumber Baron would like to present you with a description of the various grades of western red cedar we carry, and how each grade should be applied for maximum performance and appearance.
Select Tight Knot
Also referred to as “STK” or “Green,” this is grade is great for general purpose applications. STK contains some knots, but is relatively free of blemishes and imperfections. Knots are small and tight, and well-distributed across the entire piece of lumber. Whether you are siding the home, installing a ceiling, or paneling your den, this grade is suitable for interior and exterior usage
Super Select Heart
Sometimes called “Super,” or even “Double Green,” this medium grade of cedar has very few knots, and the ones it contains are limited to a size of no more than 1-½ inches in size. Additionally, you will not find more than 2 such knots on a piece of lumber measuring 6 inches wide by 14 feet long. Longer pieces may contain more knots, but it will still follow the same proportionate distribution. Thicker pieces of lumber may contain slightly more knots, so long as they conform to the size requirements of the grade specifications. The small number of imperfections permitted in Double Green cedar make it an excellent choice for stained or unpainted applications, useful for furniture, wrapping beams, trim, and high visibility applications.
Clear All Heart
This superior quality cut is known in the business as “CAH,” “Old Growth Vertical Grain (OGVG),” or “Yellow.” In the lumber yard, we also know it as “#2 Clear and Better,” because it is almost entirely free of knots and blemishes. The few knots which may occur on a piece of lumber are sound, making this grade perfect for exterior and high traffic applications such as siding, decking, and horizontal slat fencing.
The Lumber Baron is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and is treasured by the Bay Area community as the go-to place for reclaimed lumber. Get to know the story behind the lumber you are choosing for your next project by visiting our lumber yard today.