I got a batch of 2.25" wide, factory-finished, 7 year old Oak flooring in exchange for removing it from the owner's home. I have laid a floor with the usable planks, leaving me with the rejected pieces.
Most of the remaining boards can't be used for flooring without refinishing the walking surface and others lack their tongues or grooves on the long sides.
They have the factory stain and varnish on the walking surface, so they can't be burned, they have staples that need to be removed before macining them, and most are bowed. They are 2.25" wide by 1' to 6' long, by .75" thick. Is there any justification for removing the staples and finish, and reusing the boards? I usually keep everything but I can't believe that it is worth the effort in this case. Can anyone explain how it would be a tragic waste to throw it away?