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There's A Table in There Somewhere! #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by CedarFreakCarl posted 1947 days ago 1438 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good morning folks. I recently got a commission to build a harvest table for some of my fine relatives who are in the process of building a new home. They have the same affection for heart pine that I have so that’s what we’re going use for stock. They recently sold a beautiful old home that had some beautiful kitchen cabinets built with old growth heart pine. I wish I had some pictures to post here, but I don’t. Anyhow, as part of the deal, I promised to blog the whole process, so here it will start.

I just happen to have a good supply material. Some of it was from an old store my great grandfather and grandad once owned, some is in an old house that belonged to by great grandad and an old barn built by my great uncle. Here’s a few pictures of what we’ll be starting with:




Here’s an endgrain view of the grade of heart pine I’m hunting. Notice how tight the growth rings are. this particular piece is only 2 1/2 inches wide. This stuff is almost as hard as red oak and full of pitch. While it’s really tough on the tools, because of the pitch content it’s really stable.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC



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wdkits1

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#1 posted 1947 days ago

Man that’s a real bonanza of building stock.I expect that you’ll have enough material for quite a few projects.Have fun and keep us posted

-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com

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#2 posted 1947 days ago

Wow, that engrain almost looks like zebrawood! Good hunting.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1947 days ago

I did not expect a good supply of fine pine from that old store/house., looks like every piece is rotten plank from outside.
Good luck with your table building!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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CedarFreakCarl

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#4 posted 1947 days ago

Thanks Folks!
Socal: I finally got a Lumber Wizard…we’ll see how it works.

Woodworm: Much of that particular structure is rotten. Someone robbed the tin roofing to put on another buillding and just left it to the weather. Although sooner or later it will rot, heart pine is very weather resistant because of the pitch content and is termite risistant also.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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woodworm

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#5 posted 1947 days ago

Thanks Carl Rast for your reply.
I like pine as most of us do. I’ve been pilling up shipping palletes salvaged from dumping ground. I have little knowledge of wood species, by looking at the wood grain, I guess they are all pine. Is the board in this pic pine?

I managed to get 3-1/2” x 2” by 4ft to 5ft long and also 1” thick by 3” to 7”wide of various lenghts. But the bad thing with beautiful wood like pine is I do not use it for just any project. It is very hard to find pine in my country (dimensioned and laminated boards is available at IKEA store) so I always buy local species.

Thanks for sharing with us.
P/s : I bought a small metal detector after my jack plane hit a hidden brad. Now I have peace of mind working with shipping pallete.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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CedarFreakCarl

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#6 posted 1946 days ago

You’re certainly welcome Sir! That sure looks like some type of pine to me. The heart pine I’ve posted is all Southern Longleaf Pine. Besides, loblolly and some slash pine, that’s about all we’ve got around here. Here’s a picture of my pile in the barn that we’ve had since the early 70’s.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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woodworm

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#7 posted 1945 days ago

Wow!
If your barn is just 50miles away from here in KL, I would be happy to give you hand clearing it and extracting the nails and brads for you and some for me….LOL.

I enjoyed looking at others’ shops, tools and lumber!
Thanks.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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CedarFreakCarl

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#8 posted 1945 days ago

That sounds like a fair deal to me…lol.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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