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Blog entry by Dyidawg posted 05-17-2010 02:03 AM 1023 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just got back from my neighbor’s house. Scored 120 board feet of 50+ year old white oak floor boards. They are 10 feet long by 1 foot wide, 3/4 thick. They are from a remodeling and there is more to be had. When all is said and done I should have over 300 feet of this material. I have no idea what it must be worth, but I plan on putting to good use. All I have to do is plane off the finish.

Any ideas for projects?

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.



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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 05-17-2010 02:15 AM

Awesome!! I’ve been kind of interested in finding an old house getting remodelled to play with the old floor wood. Alas my old house has PINE floors.. otherwise I’d have done it myself, haha.

With that thickness sounds like it’d be the perfect size for some boxes!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-17-2010 02:24 AM

Sounds like good material for arts and crafts furniture

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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uffitze

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#3 posted 05-17-2010 03:03 AM

Like Rob says, be careful when you plane it … there is probably some value in the patina.

As far as what to make, yeah, arts & crafts furniture is traditionally made with oak, so we frequently think arts & crafts immediately when we have oak lumber, but I seem to recall seeking a Krenov cabinet with oak too, so it really depends on what you like, and what your own personal style is.

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OutPutter

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 05:43 AM

That’d be bad karma to sell some on Craig’s list since the neighbor gave it away so you better get used to the idea of sharing. With me I mean. lol

-- Jim

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StephenSC

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 03:21 PM

White oak is also good for outdoor projects, as it is decay resistant.

-- Stephen, Riverside. If it's worth building, it's worth making it real heavy.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 04:23 PM

Thats a nice gloat.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 05:28 PM

Wow, all sorts of cool stuff you could do there! I think I’d be gluing up panels for writing desks and such.

Lis, if your house is in the Northeast, those wide pine floorboards from way back when can actually be pretty hard wood, there’s a lot of nice furniture you could build with them!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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