Checking for Pressure Treatment in Reclaimed Wood?

Found a listing on Facebook for some reclaimed cherry and walnut that I want to check out, but I’m not exactly sure how to make sure it hasn’t been pressure treated.

I did some research, and it seems like it’s unlikely since it’s hardwood, but I want to make sure. I found some kits online for testing for arsenic. Are they worth it? Anyone familiar with using them?

This is the listing:

And this is the place selling it:

And this is the kit I was looking at (the chemical reaction aspect makes me a bit nervous):

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I’m not sure that pressure treated wood has been a “thing” long enough for it to be classified as antique, has it?

I’m fairly certain only pines/conifers are pressure treated for outdoor use.

This article says mostly Southern Yellow Pine.

You should price the price with our regular sources.

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Very slight chance it issei’s pressure treated. Some paint on the boards, if it is old might have lead based paint.

Unless you are really hung up on antique, or vintage or how ever they are marketing this stuff, the price 2 $8.00/ board foot for Cherry is high, Kinda in line for the walnut, depending on the usable board feet per stick



Came here to agree with this. Its not a great price.


You guys are missing the “Reclaimed” part…that adds at least $3 b/f to the total. “Urban Reclaimed” adds about $6!


Says they’re slabs too but it just looks like lumber.

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Alrighty, so I’ll probably just pass for now lol. Thanks everyone!

Are you looking for reclaimed wood or are you looking for cherry and walnut?

Truthfully, I’m not looking for anything in particular, but I like to reuse old materials that might be getting tossed out one way or the other. If I can find reclaimed wood and ensure it’s safe to work with, I’d prefer it.