Wood from the Past

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Blog entry by Chuck posted 03-16-2012 05:39 PM 7467 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandma has been cleaning out her garage and the garage that was Grandpa’s shop and has found several boards for me. I went by last night and picked them up, the biggest of the boards was this Cedar 2×10 that is 8’ long. I wire brushed a lot of the dirt off the board but then I needed to plane the rough sawn board to get a look at the wood.

Here is the stack of the other boards, it’s a mix of walnut and cedar with maybe a few other types of wood in there. I am brainstorming for a project to build with this for Grandma.

-- Chuck,

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 06:29 PM

Well, at least you know it’s had plenty of time to dry. Enjoy working with the new stash.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 08:05 PM

I love gransmas, especially with a stash of walnut. Your gonna have fun brainstorming and building. I just brought home my late mother’s cedar line chest to refinish. It’s old, old, old but the inside looks absolutely brand new. The outside just needs striping and finish. Otherwise cedar makes great outdoor furniture.

I’ve worn myself out using wire brushes and wire wheels on dirty rough wood. Then I bought a $35 belt sander off CL. I use 60 or 80 grit and just hit the board lightly. You’ll get to clean wood quick without removing excess. Brush or vacuum off waste. Saves planer, jointer, and hand plane knives.

Downside, you need to plug it in, ugg.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 10:14 PM

Nice early inheritance!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 10:52 PM

Free wood to build something for your grandma is sweet. Have fun. I agree with the sander idea, but I would go with 36 grit, the blue belts.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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