Oak Garbage find Need Ideas

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Blog entry by AdrianM posted 12-20-2013 05:42 PM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What would you do with this?

Its all 1.5×5.5 red oak.

I don’t really know what it was – it was sitting in the garbage pile in front of a church in Toronto.

There is one hinge mortise so it may be a thick jamb?

What should I do with it?

Long pieces are 75”

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 07:35 PM

Perhaps it was an organ screen?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 09:23 PM

When I saw it I thought lumber rack since its 2by stock. Last time I pulled oak from the garbage I made boxes.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 10:20 PM

I’d use it to make shop fixtures or jigs. But I’m not sure if that’s what you’d need. Otherwise there might be a lot of boxes in your future.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 10:58 PM

If you do not know what to do with it, it means you do not need it. I will be driving to Toronto next week, I can (and will show you) what I would do with it :) Good find.

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 11:26 PM

You could have the start to a nice bench?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 12-21-2013 12:25 AM

My thought was a bench too. Nice thick top.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 12-21-2013 02:45 AM

lepelerin do you have something to trade?

Thanks for the ideas.

There is not enough for a benchtop so i am not sure about that. Maybe enough for legs and aprons.

Lumber rack is a good idea. Jigs is good to.

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