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Looking for used or cheap lumber/plywood

We are looking to put up a chicken coop in our yard and would like to do so as cheaply as possible. Is there a reuse center in Duluth or other place to get cheap wood?

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  1. I am a strong believer in reclaiming lumber and building materials. I’ve got a lot left over from the wienie wagon reclaimed materials project, maybe enough to build a chicken coop. Find me and I’ll arrange for you to come over and look at it and (hopefully) haul some away. As they use to say in the 70s … “I took too much ma-an.”

    Otherwise (not sure if this is strictly legal or not) some people raid dumpsters at area construction sites. Also, you can even just “ask” and they will occasionally give you stuff, they’re throwing it away, after all. But that is up to you as my friend Chip Stewart often says, sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission. There are a couple of particularly ripe looking ones on Lake Ave between first and second and a few down on Michigan st in A&L development zone.

    wildgoose | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  2. I haven’t used either service so I can’t say much about them but there is Duluth Freecycle

    and MN Materials exchange

    chadp | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  3. The Common Ground Reuse Center, though a little tricky to find is the place to go. Take W. Michigan off of 40th Ave. W. and turn right just after AMPI. Their prices are pretty good and they’ve got a lot more than plywood.

    Tim K | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  4. Oh-Oh! Looks like their weblink has expired.

    Tim K | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  5. Common Ground closed last summer I believe. It is a shame.

    mevdev | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  6. You can always go to home depot or menards and get culled lumber(lumber not good for finish product) for pennies on the dollar. We do it at the Lowes I work at in New Hampshire, but it is a little far to drive for $1 sheets of plywood. hehe

    Jeff | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  7. Bummer @ Common Ground. I’ve got their fridge magnet up on the filing cab by my computer. There usually isn’t much in the way of cheap plywood at Menard’s, but they usually have a bunch of handyman-type boards available.

    Tim K | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  8. The new Menard’s in Hermantown has clearance lumber in the way back yard. I saw a stack of knotty fenceposts last time I was there.

    chadp | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  9. Demo Licious?

    zra | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  10. i got some 2x2′s that i was gonna burn. send me an email if u want

    dirtyoldtown | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  11. Freecycle is awesome. I can’t believe the stuff I’ve found or given away through Freecycle.

    brian | Jun 30, 2009 | New Comment
  12. Thanks for all the good ideas everyone. I will be in the planning phase while on vacation next week and will probably get ahold of wildgoose when I get back. (A little in awe of meeting the Speedy Weinie guy in person outside of the booth)

    markm | Jul 2, 2009 | New Comment
  13. From what I observed in Tijuana; any respectable chicken coup needs to be framed around either an old washing machine, dryer or deadlined auto. Kinda like Tom’s Burned Down; but on a smaller scale.

    duluth_bishop | Jul 2, 2009 | New Comment
  14. So, I am ready to buy four chickens and a coop from a local person but he has five more chickens to sell before he can give me the chicken coop. The chickens are now just laying. They are six months old and he is asking $10.00 a piece. The breed is light Brahmans and are suppose to be winter hardy and have a nice disposition. So, if anyone would like to buy the other five so I can get a chicken coop, let Paul know and he will hook us up. Thanks Paul, Denise

    Denise | Nov 12, 2009 | New Comment
  15. OK, sure. Let me know, chicken buyers.

    paul [at]

    Paul Lundgren | Nov 12, 2009 | New Comment

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