In search of cheap hardwoods

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 07-30-2014 12:51 PM 1485 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I had found the secret source of low cost (i.e. free) hardwoods.
I’ve been scouring flea markets, Craigs list, and for old furniture.

My latest acquisition was an old entertainment center made by Ethan Allen. A search on the item indicated that it sold for around $2,800 in 2001. I found it free, just haul away.

My disappointment was profound when I started cutting it up.
Some pictures:
This is what I hauled home.

This is what I discovered when I started cutting.

Even the panels used in the doors were MDF.
The most interesting one was the bottom of the lower unit.
The veneer used on the bottom looked like unfinished cherry.
This is not the first time I have discovered this, but it is probably the last time I’ll do it.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 08:17 PM

That is some really thick veneer though, I’ll give them that.

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 11:22 PM

I have found some good wood tables at Good Willies, but few and far between. The best Free Wood I have found was at a Tree trimmers yard. As advertised on CL for fire wood, come and get it. Found some Mesquite and some Acatia, and a lot of stuff not worth hauling home.
But ‘solid wood’ furniture is usually what you found; and if it seems a bit heavier than it should be, it usually will be particle board or MDF.
Keep searching it’s out there somewhere.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 10:51 AM

Busted ! been there and done the same

Brought home a entertainment unit thinking it was rosewood, it was for about 2mm then the block board took over.

-- Regards Rob

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