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I saw this posting and thought that looked like a reasonably good deal. Maybe I am wrong. Is this a good or fair deal?

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The first question, as a rule, will 7/8 thick flooring clean-up to 3/4 when planed?

Is repourposed flooring a good material for kitchen cabinets or is there some grade differences? Did they even think that way about grade 140 years ago?

This is 1 1/2 hours away so I am just batting the idea around. What do you think about using reclaimed wood like that for projects in general?
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So, the first question I have is what do you want to use it for? If you want to achieve 3/4" after planing, the only way to tell is to measure the thickness at the underside grooves. Flooring usually has grooves in the bottom side and if you want to plane it so that both sides are clean, flat, and usable, you'd need to lose the grooves. That's the primary determining factor.

Regarding their use for kitchen cabs, as long as the wood is pretty sound, then it's solely a matter of aesthetics. You are likely going to have knots and nail holes etc., and if that's the look you're after, you are good. You will need to consider the locations of your knots in certain places so that you don't compromise the strength of a door, for instance, by putting a large loose knot in a hinge stile.
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whether it will net-clean at 3/4 depends on the wear.

but one thing learned from ugly experience....check the surface(s) for embedded stones/grit/gravel/etc. such trod-in-debris will toast your planer blades.
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Isnt the idea of it to leave it as is?..Just sand and finish..
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No, it will not clean up to 3/4. Furthermore, it will be full of nails.

Pass.

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No, it will not clean up to 3/4. Furthermore, it will be full of nails.

Pass.
There you have it.
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whether it will net-clean at 3/4 depends on the wear.

but one thing learned from ugly experience....check the surface(s) for embedded stones/grit/gravel/etc. such trod-in-debris will toast your planer blades.
looks like they planed it a bit why don't you ask them how thick it is after planing? also get a good magnet/metal detector to find any nails,staples, and it it could be used for a lot of good projects.
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There you have it.
yup
"It has been denailed and cleaned ready for your use. ( the last 3 pictures are of the flooring ran through a planer.)"
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Pass because it will be full of nails? Unless you see it, you cannot make that claim. Besides, most flooring nails are put in through the tongue and they are removable. It's not that big a deal. Might as well say don't use a tablesaw because wood will kick back and poke a hole in your gut. You need to pay attention, and you need to excercise due care, of course. But I've used all sorts of reclaimed wood and have never run a hidden nail through the saw or planer because I examine the boards before I run them through. Not difficult.
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