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How much to charge for milling reclaimed heart pine lumber that is full of nails, tar and paint into flooring.
If you don't have any idea charge them a flat rate per hour plus sharpening and other expenses for ruined blades, belts etc. Don't get sucked in to a sq.ft. bid esp. if they are supplying the material and there is a lot of waste. Sounds to me like the stock is pretty junky. Is it planks or timbers? How wide and long is the flooring? Comparison shop for comparable product to get an idea. If you're not used to working with reclaimed definitely charge t&m.
And don't overlook hazardous disposal fee's if it is lead based paint.
If you have chrome bed plates and insert carbide tooling, be prepared for a huge repair bill if you run a few nails through the moulder. Gouged chrome is hugely expensive repair. Carbide knives hit only one nail before they shatter. I will never run reclaimed on our moulder again!!!!!
We run reclaimed logs, beams etc. into flooring. We spend a lot of time with metal detectors, pulling nails before we cut the lumber on a Wood Mizer. Any nails remaining will ruin a blade for the Mizer and if any get through to the moulder, it will tear up the blades/cutters. My recommendation is to take the time pulling the nails prior to processing, and add that labor cost into the price.
We've been running a lot of flooring from reclaimed oak. The blanks are arriving pre cut to width. We kiln dry it and t&g (with back relief) for 1.25 per board ft. I refuse to run any boards with tar on them. The company that's sending us the blanks do a very good job of removing nails. It's still hard on the tooling. I've been thinking about switching over to high speed steel on the straight cuts as carbide is very prone to chip. At least I could resharpen hss. BTW my price is too cheap