Rescued Wood #5: Junk Pile Find

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 12-20-2009 11:12 PM 1841 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife found some long lengths of really grotty looking wood in the junk pile left behind by the previous tenants of the farm, and decided to use them to build a platform in a tree for the goat. She asked me to cut one of the lengths for her, so I did.

When I saw the inside, I was seriously intrigued by the rich pink colour that showed in the cut, so I cleaned up the off-cut piece to get a better look.

Here is an uncleaned piece next to a cleaned piece.

Needless to say, I have confiscated the other “junk” wood and she’ll just have to use purchased pine for her next project.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 12-20-2009 11:16 PM

Got some nice looking grain. Wonder what kind of wood it may be?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 11:19 PM

Looks like cherry to me!! What does it smell like when you cut it? Great find!! You could make something really great, and resurrect these boards into something special!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 11:22 PM

Great Lookin Wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 01:54 AM

definetly cherry in my boof, looks like it has some nice figure to it. Make something for the wife and she’ll be happy you confiscated it. Maybe a nice jewelry cxhest or something that will be hers personally. They love that stuff no matter what it is, thats experience talkin there. Nice find, I guess there really is treasures left all around for us to find. I must be looking in the wrong places. Wheres your secret treasure chest again….lol

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 02:02 AM

Cherry from SA, I would think more towards pink ivory or some other exotic to us here in the satates. I would sure like to find some of it myself. Now, about this goat tree house…......

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#6 posted 12-21-2009 08:53 AM

In the recent past, I have seen several kinds of wood, My friend owns a sawmill( Hollister Sawmill & Lumber) here in PA. what I am getting at is that I have some cherry that is about 10 years old and it looks like what you can get now, but I saw some really old cherry that he just cut up for a customer and it was a lot different in grain, but the color was consistant. The same with oak, I just built a wet/dry sink in Shaker style and used oak planks that came off a barn, the person I got it from has had it 35yrs and the guys at my guild estimate it to be 250 yrs old. I have not wanted to build anything out of oak lately, the grain was like night and day. the stuff we have today has such wide grain patterns compared to the old stuff. That ruined me, but the good thing is I still have a big pile left to plain and get ready for when the times come to use it. Anyone out there ever build anything out of Sasafrass????

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 11:14 AM

Unfortunately it’s nigh on impossible to find cherry grown in SA – it is very uncommon.

I’m almost positive that this is one of the Eucalyptus varieties commonly grown in the area. Unfortunately I couldn’t discern a clear smell while cutting as I’m quite bunged up at the moment, but it did smell kind of minty (menthol?) after waxing.

Papadan, we are just fostering the goat for a while, so I’ll be reclaiming some of the woods in January. :-)

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 07:04 PM

Great score on some found wood. Never know what someone else piled up as scrap. Looking forward to seeing some projects out of that.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 07:05 PM

What a find. BTW why does a goat need a platform in a tree?

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 06:56 PM

The tree platform was to give the goat a place to climb (as goats do) and to give him access to natural browsing.

Stay tuned Scrappy – the first project using this wood is in finishing at the moment. See this blog for the start of the project.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#11 posted 12-23-2009 09:16 PM

Scrappy – Here is the project finished.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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