Timer in the shop? Free Wood Outlets.

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Blog entry by Sac posted 07-15-2008 03:06 PM 10297 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just having some coffee here and thinking on a few things. One is a timer. I have a timer the kitchen type. I have found uses in the workshop for it such as timing glue drying when using a fast drying glue. Titebond makes one that is pretty good. What other uses might a timer be good for in the garage?

I’ve been thinking about an outlet for free wood. I have posted on the local Craigslist in the wanted section for free piano’s. I had two responses. I am picking one up today. The other I am picking up this Thursday. I may try to get it tomorrow. It is a 1911 year model. The one I am picking up today I have no idea what year or make it is. The people say all they need is tuning. I may try to resale them in the local paper after I get them tuned and use the money for wood. My first thought however is to take them apart for the wood and other useful parts that I may be able to use for wood woorking projects. Your thoughts on this would be nice to have. I may keep one if we can find a place in the house for it. I use to love to play on mom’s.

I also recieved some emails from Craigslist when I posted alot of items for sale or trade for wood working tools and wood. I have several responses about trees that have been cut down but not yet cut up. I am thinking of getting some of these and rough cut them with the chainsaws and plane them out. If I do this should I first let them dry after the rough cut or go ahead and plane them? I would let them sit for 90 days at least if I need to before I plane then.


-- Jerry

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 03:19 PM


I don’t have a timer in the shop, but I do have a clock. Probably the timer would be better because it would remind me to start supper at the exact time my wife told me to.

Can’t help on the piano, although I can’t imagine there could be too much usable wood in one.

If you are going to resaw the trees into long slab, to be used for boards, I think air drying may take longer than 90 day. I guess it would depend on their thickness, too. And your local conditions.

I am no expert on any of this! so don’t go by what I say!!- Just sitting here waiting for the coffee to finish brewing.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 03:46 PM

I have found freecycle to be of some help when trying to find random free stuff. I don’t think it is as widely spread as craigslist, but everything on it is supposed to be for free.

-- Brian

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 04:11 PM

I say get it tuned and practice refinishing if you want to.

It would be very difficult to get much useful wood from a piano. Most of them are veneered parts. Pianos with real ivory can be recycled for inlay though. I like keeping things that old intact.


Turn the timer on when your spouse comes in to visit.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 04:46 PM

I actually just addressed clocks vs timers in shops in episode 10 of Splintered Board Podcast. Kind of a coincidence…

I’m pretty sure that the specific gravity / density of the wood directly relates to the amount of drying time (air drying and kiln drying) you would need. Some trees take years to dry to 12%. So, I would guess you also have to take into account what species of wood it is you are trying to dry.

All in all, I’d probably plane the wood after it was done drying, but I’m new to this, so don’t take my word for fact.


-- Splintered Board Podcast - Woodworker Un-extraordinaire

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 10:07 PM

I am impressed by the idea of provisional
It was one of the steps the organization of work and organization of work step on the road to success and success is the end

I wish you success

-- Suliman , Syria, jablah ,

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#6 posted 07-16-2008 01:09 AM

Sounds like a great supply of free stock Jerry.
I am with Lew, I don’t think 90 days is long enough, perhaps 12 months. a moisture meter might be a good investment.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 01:14 AM

Old pianos are usually worth something or nothing. If’s it’s a good one to start with it might be worth fixing up if you know what you are doing.

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

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#8 posted 07-16-2008 12:19 PM

Well I went to get the piano yesterday. I’ll be heading back tomorrow to get it. It’s finish is what you had mnetioned. It was laminate. How ever some of it was coming off. I peeled a piece from one of the sides and discovered a solid piece of walnut or mahogany. The keys were in great shape. Back in the 70’s when I did some wood working I also finished and re-finished furniture. I think I will strip the laminate and finish this one out. It is a Jacob Doll Upright piano, 1923 circa. 9 of the keys stuck when played. The Piano refinish will be a good project as you all have mentioned. It will help get some skills back in that area of wood working. I’ll be going to look at the 1911 piano today. After looking at this one yesterday I would hate to dismantle it. So I’ll either try to sale them after re-finishing or donate. There is a private piano teacher down the road a bit who teaches children. I’ll pay him a visit and see if there are any families that may need one.

Heheh The timer when the wife comes into the shop is a good one :-) I may eventually build a clock to put in there.

I hear ya Grumpy. This afternoon I’l be meeting with a guy who has 1700bf of mixed wood. He has had it air dried now for 18 months. I spoke with him last night and he mentioned that he built a table out of some oak last week and he still ended up with a 1/16th split about 3 inches long. I am thinking he didn’t let it acclimate to the house. But I really don’t know to much about this side of wood working yet.

Thanks wormhole. I joined 2 of the freewebs in my area yesterday. Thanks for the comments everyone.

-- Jerry

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