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Blog entry by NyTxTrialAtty posted 567 days ago 1381 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings, and an early Merry Christmas to you all. I just found this site earlier today and this is clearly my first posting.

I just came into 8 pieces of bowling alley lane wood that measures 128” each. Some are not in great shape and most will need some planing and a lot of sanding. Mostly I am looking for ways to avoid tearing up my circular saw blades when making my cross cuts to shorten the length.

I am aware that there are a lot of nails that are bent and curved and likely going to be a big problem for me.

Any advice?

Also- thoughts on best way to make this bench? I am wanting to model it after the Sjoberg work bench. Or something along those lines.

Thoughts???

Thanks in advance.

Jeff



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Ted78

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#1 posted 567 days ago

Regarding the nails, I would just buy a cheap carbide tipped saw blade. Should cut right through a few nails. Relegate the blade to rough cutting 2×4’s and the like when your done.

-- Ted

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#2 posted 567 days ago

Do not forget to wear safety glasses.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 565 days ago

Hey Jeff,

I used bowling lane for my bench. As mentioned above – you can cut it with a carbide tipped blade but a 7-1/4” circular saw won’t cut all the way through. I have an 8-1/2” saw I found on CL cheap and that works well. Otherwise you just have to cut from both sides.

However, I wouldn’t cut them at all…..I would pull the strips off, get rid of the nails, plane them up and glue them back together. It’s a bit of work, but the results are well worth it…..

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Good luck on the project – and keep us posted!

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#4 posted 565 days ago

Bowling lanes are built to stay and I would get me some goggles and a saw blade and cut what you want. I wouldn’t dismantle the lane or try to do anything like that. This is my opinion and that is what it is worth. I would love to have one of these to do exactly what you are doing. Great find!

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