I got some free wood today!

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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 02-28-2012 09:08 PM 1188 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make my self some deck furniture, a couple Adirondack chairs and some small tables. I went to some industrial warehouses around my neighborhood and asked them if it was Okay for me to take some pallets apart and they were very glad to let me. I got two oak pallets and about 15 oak boards. It was all I could fit into my trunk. It was raining on top of that. So once the wood dries a bit, I’ll get started on sorting it out and cleaning it up. Nice time to try out my new planer and belt sander.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 03:07 AM

I do this alot at work. I am a Millwright who does lots of new Machine instalation. I love free wood Havent gotten oak yet mostly pine and fir just look closly for little rocks and debries in the wood I have nicked my knives a few times cleaning up boards and now keep an old set for dressing up used wood. on the first passes. I have enjoyed making the Adirondack chairs I have made I actualy have made wood patterns for them so Ican trace them out rough cut the parts then screw the patterns to the parts and trim them to size on my router table every peice is the same from chair to chair other than size differances I do depending on if people want them for short normal or big peole.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 03:24 AM

David, how much do you sell them for?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 03:56 AM

Hi Russell, pallet wood will destroy planer blades, trust me, more than 1/2 the wood I use is from pallets. My recommendation would be after removing all nails and staples, run over the boards with a belt sander, it removes most of the dirt. It’s the same with a chainsaw in the dirt, couple seconds and you chainsaw is dull. I can do about 25-30 pallets before I need to change planer knives this way, without 3 or 4, so unless you like replacing a lot of blades, heed my advice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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