This post will share with you how to get free wood at your local hardware store!
Around our homestead we have lots of project that require wood. We often use pallets or scrap wood we already have, but sometimes you need new wood. This is especially true if your project is going inside the house, like my $6 DIY farmhouse shelves.
How to Get Free Wood
During a trip to our hardware store we saw as a pile of odds and ends in the corner of the lumber yard. The employee told us it was their “scrap” pile, all boards they couldn’t sell.
This wood isn’t perfect. It could be a 12 ft board that broke in half, it’s a little too warped to sell, or has gouges from the strapping. It’s the stuff people don’t want to pay for.
He then said it’s free to take, whenever the pile gets too large they make stakes and dispose of the rest.
That’s right, FREE LUMBER for the taking! Ryan loaded up the truck box and we drove right on home! We probably brought home close to $100 of lumber that first trip.
Most lumber yards will have this scrap pile, but I strongly encourage you to ask before you take.
Please make sure you are supporting the store too (other purchases), and not taking the free goods. This is especially important for small mom and pop shops. We only saw this scrap pile because we were already in the lumber yard buying wood.
Sure, you aren’t going to build a deck with this wood but it’s a great resource to have when a project comes up. You might need to be a little creative in how your plan your projects, but using free wood is worth the extra effort!