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Blog entry by Pete_Jud posted 03-29-2008 09:40 PM 3758 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I meet a hardwood floor installer the other day, and asked what he did with the leftovers, He said that they just throw them in the dumpster. I asked him to save some for me to use in the shop, and the next thing I know He brings over 200 Sq Ft of 3/4 inch oak. 3-4 ft in long and 4 in wide. Once planed and trimed to remove the t&g, I have over 70 boards 3-4 ft long, and 5/8 thick and 3 1/2 in wide. So, be nice to your local flooring guy.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 09:48 PM

Oh My : Does he live near VT ? I scrunch any scraps I can find but most of mine is pine !! Lucky you ! I watch for new houses going up and stop by to see what they do with scraps, usually come away with some. Don`t pay to be bashful ! LOL.

-- Ageingwood - No time , retired

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 09:51 PM

Hmmm, this sounds like really good advice. I have to find my Yellow Pages now and locate all the close installers! Come to think of it there is a custom cabinet place just a few km over…I should probably take a run over there.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 11:31 PM

Good find Pete. You can’t beat the price.

I had about 100’ left over from doing my upper living area. I have used them to make molding and picture frames. The only difficulty I have had with them is removing the finish. I didn’t not want to run this through my planer so I used a belt sander to remove it. It takes some effort but as you said you end up with some nice lumber to work with.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 11:35 PM

Great idea! I’m going to have to find me one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 12:11 AM

Great idea! I remeber that my neighbor told me he installs flooring, so I have to go have a talk with him.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 12:17 AM

Great score. Theres nothing more satisfying than saving leftovers like that and bringing them to life.
Keep it up and please post your finished work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 12:20 AM

wow what a find. i’ve gotta find some flooring guy near me. remember to label the things that you made out of them so we can see the transformation. thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 12:35 AM

OK, you got all of our attention. I am now on the look out for a hardwood floor installer.

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 04:05 AM

High end cabinet shops can also be a good source of free wood.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 03:27 PM

I just found another source. A company that makes florring and stair parts stacks all their cutoffs on pallets 42×42x36 & sells them for firewood. $25!! I got a pallet of 1-3/4”x 3-1/2” red oak up to 22”. Maybe 1/2 of it is firewood—knots & cracks, but plenty of great wood for smalller projects. They also do walnut & some cherry—I’ve got a request in for a call when they run those woods. Just wish they ran white oak!


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