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Blog entry by George_SA posted 05-29-2012 08:06 PM 4415 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have got a quite a lot of small wooden floor blocks 115l x 20w x 7h.

Unfortunately some of them still have part of the floor stuck to them.

Any suggestions of what to make with will be welcomed. I will have to clean them by cutting away the sticky side. That means that they will only be about 4mm thick afterwards.

They burn quite well, but I was wondering if I could put them to better use.

All comments will be appreciated.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 08:11 PM

Small boxes?

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 08:11 PM

Either plane them or get some gasoline and soak them in it overnight outside try it with a few and see if that removes the underflooring from the wood of course you need to watch what you use them for as they will be flammable you would then need to soak for a few days or more to neautralise them. Alistair it’s maybe a worth experimenting with gasoline kerosine etc.

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#3 posted 05-29-2012 08:18 PM

I would hate to go to that much trouble myself. I see good pallets and crates all over. However, a fire is a fire and keeps you warm and that’s a good use for wood also.


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#4 posted 05-29-2012 08:37 PM

if you have a table saw

i would run them through
with a finger board to keep them
to the fence
then glue them all up back into stock

you can clean the parts up even
and make end grain cutting boards

might be worth a try
with some other woods thrown in
for different patterns

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 12:35 AM

Patron got to my idea first. Toys come to mind. Accent material for larger projects. But if mechanical removal of the sticky stuff leaves only 4mm, I would suggest using a chemical product like Goop Off, if a typical adhesive.

I use it all the time on adhesives, even industrial strength sticky. Or similar product, whatever you may have in SA (not San Antonio!). Just a thought.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 12:40 AM


-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 01:18 AM

Like some really unique veneer or edging for small plywood pieces.

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 02:34 PM

Sounds labor intensive? What kind of wood?Does it have figure and color? tight grain? That would determine what I might do with it. Gasoline might be dangerous and not sure of what it would do for odor and to the wood? Cost of solvent vs. cost of that much wood?

Just thinking on it.

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#9 posted 05-30-2012 03:27 PM

Thanks for the input so far.
Shipwreck – I think perhaps a small open type box for desk might work for business cards or square note paper.

Scotsman – For the amount of blocks my thinking is that it might be very labor intensive and also I am a bit weary about the flameabilty aspect.

helluvawreck – I have already burned one bag full last winter. I still have two bags full left and I thought that maybe I should try something before I burn them all :-)

patron – I like the idea of endgrain cutting boards.

davidroberts & Howie I like the idea of puzzles. I don’t think we have something similar in South Africa and if it is available it will be very expensive. I have an old blade with a chipped tooth that I could use to cut the sticky stuff off. Then it won’t be necessary to cut into the wood so much to ensure that my new blade does not cut into the sticky stuff. With the old blade I can take about a mm off on my table saw which should remove the glue and grime. That would leave me about 6 mm in thickness

Alexandre – Veneer is a posibilty, but it would be a new skill that I would have to learn.

DocSavage45 – It looks like some kind of rosewood and is quite hard with a tight grain pattern. That is why I considered making something from it. The color is fairly even dark brown reddish with no real discernible grain pattern. I don’t really want to spend money on it. I would rather spend money on some new wood.

In the meantime I also thought about pens, but the outlay for pen making equipment is above my budget at this stage. Furthermore that would also mean a new skill will have to be learned.

Thanks for the input so far. You guys have given me a few ideas to chew on (at this stage I like the end grain cutting boards and might try making some burr puzzles). I will post what I come up with in the projects section of LJ’s

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 05:51 PM

Don’t soak them in gasoline!! Way too hazardous!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 06:11 PM

Bearpie – With the price of gasoline (we call it petrol) here in South Africa and the amount of blocks I have, it is not likely to happen :-)

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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#12 posted 05-30-2012 11:20 PM

George- don’t worry, I come from South Africa.
Immigrated to Canada in 2010, Lived in Rispark, Johannesburg, South Africa near that Thaba Ya Batswana Luxury lodge.

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#13 posted 06-03-2012 11:02 AM

i had some flooring like that when i was a kid (in Zimbabwe). We made a set of dominoes out of them using toothpics to make the dots.


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#14 posted 07-08-2012 12:05 AM

Yep, cut the goo off with a scrap blade, then plane them down to 6mm or so.

Another vote for Boxes from me. Oh, and an X puzzle.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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