Reclaiming Pine Tongue and Groove

Reclaiming Pine Tongue and Groove

We got a little tired of cutting down trees and clearing land, so we decided to start tearing down the old log cabin. In the last post we just explored the space, but now we are actually removing the first bits of material.

Covering all the interior walls is some very old, but very beautiful pine tongue-and-groove panelling. Though finishing materials are probably the last thing we need in our yet-to-be-built cabin, it is the easiest thing to remove from this dilapidated cabin.

What is tongue and groove? It’s a system that is used to fit two piece of wood together. Here’s a picture to make it a little more clear:

This stuff makes for very beautiful interior walls and sometimes it smells really nice too! If you’ve ever been inside a wood sauna before, you would have probably seen and smelled what I’m talking about.

After removing the boards,we are going to have to remove every nail out of the wood and sand each board. I predict some long evenings with a pair of pliers and a bunch of beers!

Maybe someone out there has other good ideas of what we can do with this wood!


4 thoughts on “Reclaiming Pine Tongue and Groove

  1. Pulling nails can be really quick. Use channel locks and pull them through the wood using the round part of the top of the channel locks to roll along the wood. Leaves a mark where you are pivoting on the wood, but that is the back of the piece anyway!

  2. You can use it for flooring too, either as tongue and groove or just planks (shave the boards down). We’re using the boards from our 1925 home’s walls to patch the original tongue and groove doug fir hardwood, and it’s worked pretty well.

    We used a combination of pry bars, cable cutters (the square-ish jaw kind), and hammers for pulling nails and staples out of our walls and floor as well.

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