Like most wreckers, I scrounge a lot of material, whether it's pallet
wood or a decent scrap of lumber in a neighbor's garbage, I'm always
on the lookout for something I can use.
Today was my biggest score ever....
A dead restaurant in the neighborhood is getting gutted. I managed
to intercept some maple butcherblock countertop on the way to the
It's scuffed up big time on the top. The bottom is weathered and
grey. It was sitting outside in the rain, etc for at least a week or
two. It's old and smells kinda like rancid grease. It's rotted out
on one edge where it appears to have been butted against a wall. It's
broken into three sections and has some nails toed into it where it
appears to have been patched long ago.
It's 2-1/4" thick. Each piece of maple in this is 2" wide and runs
the full length. The original counter was about 3-1/2 - 4 feet
wide. by 7-1/2 feet long. The three sections are about 14", 15", and
The biggest section is going to be my new workbench top after I clean
it up. (How I'm going to fit it in a 13" planer is still a puzzle)
I might cut the narrow piece into some mongo cutting boards for
friends and family.
That still leaves a piece 15" wide and 7-1/2 feet long and 2-1/4"
thick. Way too thick and heavy for a shelf or bookcase, any ideas