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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-09-2007 12:46 AM 899 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I saw an offer in Freecycle for some wood and put my name in for it – and “won”.
What we got was a truck load of hardwood (perhaps ash). The pieces are about 2” x 3” and each 8 feet long. There’s probably about 50 boards.

Thanks to “Mary” for the free wood.
And now, I need to build something with it.
I’d like to make something nice but simple and sell it for the STC children event, passing on the free gift to others.

Any ideas? (knowing my limited skills).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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scottb

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#1 posted 10-09-2007 12:55 AM

trade it for willow? You’ve done some great stuff with willow. ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#2 posted 10-09-2007 12:55 AM

Could spin a few bats…..although 2” is a bit thin.

-- Lord LQQK, lordlqqkatthewoodsmithy.blogspot.com, www.woodsmithy.com:8080

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#3 posted 10-09-2007 01:19 AM

Street Ball bats from the streets of New York.

-- 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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#4 posted 10-09-2007 01:20 AM

Do you have a good planer and jointer yet? I saw one (6 inch Grizzley) on craigslist for Provo, Utah today for $200!

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 10-09-2007 01:29 AM

Hi Ms Debbie;

Nothing like a great piece of ash. Sorry, I couldn’t pass on that!

Since everybody said bats, I have nothing original to add.

Oh well.

Lee

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#6 posted 10-09-2007 02:15 AM

ash is a traditional arts and crafts period wood.

it is often dyed dark to resemble mission oak…. .not sure how ambitious you are >grin< bet you could crank out whole bunch of lamps with mica shades and sell them for quite a bit $$$. If you worked hard,... 2 hours a day and Saturdays, bet you could easily make a dozen lamps and sell them before January !!

Contemporay lamps of this period style sell on ebay for anywhere from $90 to $600 each.

I’ve made a few mission lamps.
Not that hard to make with a few construction jigs for the piramid shaped wooden shade.

Be more then willing to help you get started. I may have my old autocad drawings some where. sketchup etc.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Karson

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#7 posted 10-09-2007 02:21 AM

Well there you go Debbie. Mark DeCou has a picture on one of his projects of a lamp like that.

-- 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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#8 posted 10-09-2007 05:11 AM

Cutting boards?

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

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Karson

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#9 posted 10-09-2007 05:12 AM

End grain and flat grain to give it some character.

-- 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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#10 posted 10-09-2007 05:23 AM

I think if I ran across that much ash, I would also be thinking workbench top…

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

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#11 posted 10-09-2007 05:46 AM

One more idea….

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2961

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

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#12 posted 10-09-2007 07:39 AM

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 10-09-2007 11:12 AM

what great ideas!
The first thing Rick did when we got home was cut off a length and run it through the planer. He then looked at it and said “baseball bat”.
The lathe is his toy so I’ll leave that vision to him.

I like the lamp idea as well. Sounds like that would also be a lathe project.

Cutting board sounds good .. and the “big ash bench” is a good idea.

I tried talking to the planed piece of wood to see what it said, but it remained silent. Perhaps today it will give me directions :)

Thanks everyone for the input.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 10-09-2007 12:39 PM

How about some “ash” trays? No, that is a bad habit that the children should not be subjected to. I just couldn’t help myself.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#15 posted 10-09-2007 12:40 PM

haha funny :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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