Knotty Pine #2: Progress Update and Studs are ASH!!!

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Blog entry by Kevin posted 02-26-2008 06:17 AM 2161 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Help Please. How do I save it? Part 2 of Knotty Pine series Part 3: Brought home a trailer load today »

I know it’s been a long time since I have updated this blog, but there hasn’t been much to update until now.

Reminder Picture:
Minnie's House Living Room Closeup

I have all of the knotty pine off of the interior walls. I have also taken a portion of the studs home and cleaned it up.

Minnie's House Studs




Thanks to Les Hastings and the other guys at the Sunflower Woodworkers Guild, I now have a positive identification on the stud species. Ash. Yes, Ash. I would have never guessed, but am glad I decided to try and save some. Now I will try to save as much as possible obviously.

I guess if anyone is in the market for rough cut 2”x4” Ash or Knotty Pine, I’m going to have a few truckloads.

I hope to have the entire house torn down by summer. It has taken me so long because it is a 3 hour drive and we spend most of our time visiting with the family instead of working on the house.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 01:39 PM

no trashing your truckloads of wood!!! A treasure for someone.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 03:22 PM

That can help finance a few things.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 04:49 PM

I will be keeping most of the lumber for … I don’t know. Just to have I guess.

What do you guys think this stuff would be worth if I did try to sell part of it to help out the “tool fund”?

2” x 4” Rough Sawn Ash – $? per foot Would it be worth more if I planed it or left it rough?
Knotty Pine Siding – $
? per foot

I am just curious to see if it would be worth trying to sell part of it or if I should just keep it all and use it myself.

Do you think the Ash would be hard enough to make a workbench top out of?

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 06:35 PM

According to my 34 year old copy of the USDA Forest Products Lab Wood Handbook, white ash has a specific gravity of between 0.55 and 0.60. Almost the exact same figures as Beech and higher than all the various species of maple. Roughly the same as most species of oak. It also has excellent compression strength. The grain is more open than maple or beech, but ash would make an excellent workbench top, in my opinion. If I were 1800 miles closer, I would be happy to take some off your hands and try it out for you.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#5 posted 02-27-2008 04:58 AM

There is approximately 3700 lf of the knotty pine and 1250 lf of the Ash 2×4

I did some quick calculations and I think I hope to be able to salvage the following:

2500lf of Knotty Pine
1000lf of Ash

With the Ash and Pine being used once already, they both will have nail holes in them.
Is this stuff really worth much with holes in it?

I have decided to go ahead and build my workbench top out of the Ash. I am thinking of using the door jambs for the bench frame. They are a minimum of 2×6 clear pine. Does this sound like a good idea or should I just use the Ash for the base as well. I cannot decide.

I also plan to take part of the pine as is (no planing) and making a blanket chest for my grandparents for giving me time to get the lumber out before burning the house down. I think they will really appreciate it. Not only because I made it for them, but because it will remind them of the house and the wonderful lady who lived there and became a huge part of our family.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#6 posted 03-18-2008 06:05 AM

That blanket chest will be great – and hey, it’s pre-finished!

I hope someone closer can make use of whatever surpluss lumber you can salvage – If I was just a wee bit closer, I’d be able to use plenty. _ that’ll be a great bench too!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 04-27-2009 12:37 AM

I was doing research myself on knotty pine, asking myself the same question – what to do with all this wood. I came across your cry for help and was shocked to find that your house is the twin of the house I just bought, wood from ceiling down, and we even have the holes in the ceiling because it used the same type of heating and was built in 1940 in ohio. Just yesterday my wife and I came up with a plan – we will use it to make a privacy fence around the property! Perhaps you can do the same! If not and you want to sell it, I told my neighbor about the wood and will refer him to your blog as well.

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#8 posted 12-03-2009 09:26 AM

The ash looks so beautiful thanks to your cleanup job. Well done.

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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