Re: Salvaging Cedar Fence Boards
You wouldn't want to use a planer either, one missed nail or screw or staple or rock, or dirt in general will dull or destroy the planer knives in a heartbeat. A thickness sander would be the better option if you were so inclined to try to salvage the boards into useable lumber.
As for salvaging for fence repairs, I would see what the going price is for new, then cut that in half for boards that are in excellent condition, still, is it worth the work for a few hundred bucks? The formula to figure it out would be:
$ return divided by time invested = value of time spent
As DJ points out, it's a lot of work for little gain. Do you have a fireplace or wood stove? How about a backyard fire pit? If so, then cut up the fence and burn it yourself, it will be worth far more than what you could make trying to clean it up and sell it. you don't have to worry about removing fasteners either, just burn them with the wood. You can sift them out of the ash with a magnet if you use the ash on your garden, or just pitch the whole thing into the garbage and be done with it.
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