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Blog entry by Dekker posted 10-25-2007 at 12:26 PM 603 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today is a good day, and it’s only 6:00am

Just this morning picked up two small boxes of leftover cherry hardwood flooring cutoffs. They are 2-6 inches long, with a couple 2-footers. I got them through my local FreeCycle organization. I had put out a “wanted” poster for leftover hardwood flooring, fully expecting to get some oak, but the first response I had was for 3/4” t&g cherry!

I don’t really know what I’ll do with them yet. Absolute worst case, I’ll make woodchips and use it in my barbecue as a smoker. Best case, I can turn them into boxes. Maybe even one of those 3-D puzzles… I just stuffed them into my car when I picked them up, so I did not get a good chance to look them over, but I’m sure I’ll think of something!

Having had such a positive experience looking for wood, I can only recommend it to other small hobby workers

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/



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WayneC

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#1 posted 10-25-2007 at 01:29 PM

Nice find. Post some photos once you get a project completed with them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dadoo

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#2 posted 10-25-2007 at 01:47 PM

Mmmmm! Steak!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 10-25-2007 at 01:59 PM

Good score Dekker. Nothing at the curb in a mile radius of the house last night. Off to check craigslist…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Karson

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#4 posted 10-25-2007 at 02:07 PM

Good find. or good hit. make something good. The leftovers are for the smoker.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 10-25-2007 at 02:47 PM

Leftovers or flubbed joinery. You have to cut it first at least.
Karson, I know you better that that (because of our similar propensities). It has to go in a bin for a year or two before it gets in the firepit.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Dekker

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#6 posted 10-25-2007 at 02:52 PM

From the quick look I got before I left, it looks to be solid cherry, pre-finished, with 1/8” dadoes on the bottom (as with most solid hardwoods). Supposedly they are the cutoffs from the perimiter of their floor, but the tongues will probably been cut off anyway (or used as miter keys), and I’ll have to plane the finish off once it is glued together into a board…

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Dekker

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#7 posted 10-26-2007 at 02:36 PM

Found cherry wood

Just thought I’d show what was actually in the box. After removing the finish and the grooves, I will have just over 1/2” thick boards, with the majority being over 6” long, most 12”.

I’ll have to find a good box design and go into production ;)

-- Dekker - http://www.WoodworkDetails.com/

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Paul

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#8 posted 10-26-2007 at 03:53 PM

I would have grabbed it, too. Congrats!

Go for it!

Looking forward to seeing a wonderful piece arise from a box full of cast offs!

-- Paul, Texas

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 10-26-2007 at 05:09 PM

Great score! No Freecycle in Omaha, just in Lincoln, NE 60 miles away. I check daily Craigslist, hoping for the big score. Mostly it’s free logs (if you come take down my tree and haul off for free). But you have to check for the miracle…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Peter Oxley

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#10 posted 10-26-2007 at 05:30 PM

Barn lumber is really popular around here. Lots of crafts are being made out of it. We have two old barns on our place. If only I had a dollar for every time I’ve said “No, you can’t tear it down for materials for your birdhouses! That barn is 120 years old!”

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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