Prospecting for Wood #4: Last Night's Dumpster Dive

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Blog entry by Paul posted 06-09-2007 05:31 PM 1209 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Went for a walk with my wife last night. I have been eyeing this large dumpster behind an old house in our neighborhood for the last few days. I’m not sure whether they’re preparing the house for demolition, remodeling or moving, but the dumpster was full.

I took a closer peek in the dumpster last night and went back with the van after we got home. Click the thumbnail pic for a larger view.

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I guess they tore out a cedar lined closet in the house. I now have enough 3”-4” wide tongue and groove 3/8”(?) thick red cedar strips for the bottom of one or two blanket chests!

-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 06-09-2007 05:45 PM

Great find. No shotguns appeared from the windows.

I used to dumster dive at a cabinet shop. The owner told me that they empty the dumpster every Wed and they clean out the shop on Tuesday. So the best time to dive was Tues night.

I’d stop in and chat every once and a while.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 06-09-2007 08:15 PM

I’ve seen a lot of Hickory, Maple, and Oak flooring in dumpsters at new construction sites.

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#3 posted 06-09-2007 08:22 PM

I’ve found nice exotic (to me anyway) wood in shipping crates and forklift pallets that come from the other side of the world.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 06-10-2007 12:32 AM

I’ve watched for the exotic crate/pallet source, but I guess they don’t make it to central Texas.

-- Paul, Texas

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#5 posted 06-10-2007 01:50 AM

what a great find! Congrats.

I can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 06-10-2007 09:30 AM

Are you really getting this from a dumpster? LOL. Nice.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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