...your scrounged wood, of course. I'm trying to gather some information
together for one of my pages titled _Some Sources of Used Wood_. Presently,
I have several paragraphs describing my experiences. I would like to
include some of yours, much like I did with the Uses of Woodscraps section
on another page. I will cut and paste good suggestions and label the
grouping _from rec.woodworking_ or something like that and include the
Roadside discarded old furniture. This is rarely real wood these days,
but the occasional dining table, coffee table, etc. will have solid
wood legs, which I re-shape into other legs or turn something else from
Dream Find: whole pianos I can dismantle and re-use. There's even some
ebony there (black keys)!
Mostly out of alleys. Just wandering down the alley, particularly the
week before the city does uncollected trash pickup can produce a lot
of neat stuff.
I got some good clear maple from an old chair that I am recycling into
a quilt rack, for example.
And don't forget storm damaged trees.
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
From work, of course. The other day I was contemplating not
buying anything until all the stuff I've dragged home was
gone. One slight problem, most of that is 3'-4' and under
in length but then when you get down to it it's not that
often (or that much) that you need longer lengths.
Then again, maybe it's me.
UA100, who works for an architectural woodworking company so
we gets all kinds of stuff and not just the same old same
I've been getting a lot of 1 x 2 ash from the crates that Sears packs their
snowblowers in. Once planed it makes for some nice inexpensive frames for my
Anywhere and everywhere. I'm always on the lookout. Recently, my
best wood comes from fallen trees (cherry, white oak, apple, dogwood,
sourwood, ash, hickory, walnut, popular, and pine). I am lucky to
live in an area (E.TN) where hardwoods grow like weeds! The pallets I
got are just too time consuming to clean up.
My woodpile. Sometimes the firewood hauler and I disagree about what should
be firewood. I take logs to the mill for lumber, and turn any chunk that
appeals on my lathe after chainsawing. Bandsawn, book-matched spalted
pieces from firewood chunks make great tops for small boxes, or even the
Demolition sites. Best score to date was when some old workshop/garages came
dowm, I ended up with 36 pieces of 80 year old pine (A beautiful red colour
when cleaned up) 12 to 14 feet long x 7ins x 3ins. Most of it went into
building my new 26 x 10 workshop.
"Lawrence L'Hote" wrote ...your scrounged wood, of course.
While it's not always used, I ask at garage sales if they have any lumber
they want to get rid of. Many times they hadn't thought about that and just
give it to me or sell it at a low price. One older guy had been collecting
bits and pieces for years and said "take it, I don't want it anymore." Lots
of variety in that stash, mahogany, teak, oak, etc. I did pay him a small
amount because I just felt bad getting it for free.
Best Regards, Phil
Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake Washington
You hit pallets but left out dunnage. I get 4x4 red and occasionally white
oak hunks a little over 3' long from the dunnage pile at work. Most of it
is crap, but there are a few gems now and again.
I haven't found a lot of good first rate uses for it, but it's great for
making mallets. How many mallets can a man use in one day? True, which is
why I stopped picking it up.
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Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
We repackage parts for automakers. Of late the Chrysler cylinder heads
have arrived separated by 12/4x16/4x53 red & white oak and poplar. I check
'em for nails and other metal fragments, run 'em past the shaper & planer
and stack 'em waiting until I get enough time to resaw them all into
pieces for kitchen cabinets. I'm about there and showed the missus what
flat sawn white oak with a dab of tung oil looks like last night and she
is definitely on the team for new cabinets!
I also get pieces from folks who advertise "free firewood" alongside the
curbs. Some of that 'firewood' is cherry and other fruitwoods.
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Here in west central Florida....of late it's been downed trees from the
hurricane(s). Lot's of large oaks for some reason,
literally tipped over and uprooted. I'm envious of southern Georgia
though...up there I heard it was the pecan
trees!. Then there's always oak pallets and the main rails on them. A nearby
hardwoods company also uses some
nice woods as separators when they air-dry wood, the wood types vary. I'm
still trying to score some cedar or
cypress from the recent storms though.
My fence. When we moved in the back yard was fenced with 25
year old cypress. It looked ragged as it was touching the
ground in places. After removing the screws and planing got
some nice boards. Made a lot of bird houses, windmills and
toys. The original boards were unplaned and 5/4, 8-12 inches
Many of my solid surface shipments come on 12-foot x 30" pallets. The
runners are two long timbers of significant heft.
The biggest problem is the removal of the spiral/ardox type BIG nails.
Most are ash.
hm. usually from logs that other people give me, or from jobsites that
they're removing trees. then i can cut them up at my leisure with the
wood-mizer, and enjoy all my scrounged wood.
- not into used lumber
Recently helped a friend clean out an old house he'd bought for
restoration and resale. He was about to burn a broken lamp/end
table and a bookcase. I grabbed them. Table was made from some
awesome cherry wood and the bookcase was Mohagany.
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