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Blog entry by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-07-2011 11:33 AM 1813 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been fire wooding pallets this winter. Some of it I hate to burn even though it is twisted, cupped and literally worthless. I always have my eye peeled for nice stuff. A few days ago I had a couple fairly nice piece of 2×4 48” long oak. I scanned it over and decided with nails driven into the top 1/3 it wasn’t worth messing with. When I bought it in to burn, I noticed I should have looked closer. It was very nice quarter sawn white oak worthy of being a table leg or 2. Now, I’m beginning to wish I’d saved the short pieces ;-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence



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saddletramp

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 01:39 PM

I feel your pain Bob. My 20/20 hindsight leaves me with feelings of remorse all to often. ;-(

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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dbray45

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 01:56 PM

I wish I had the storage to keep the pieces that got away. My wife told me that I had to let them go. As it is, she tells me that my “pieces” boxes have to be reduced to one box and the box is NOT the basement. darn.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 02:39 PM

dbray- time for a new wife. ;) Or maybe since she is so attached to the basement you should banish her there? Just a thought… ;)
Topa- quit burning the good stuff darn it.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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patron

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 02:52 PM

breaking up is hard to do

but nails in the tools
is even worse

save what you can
more will come along

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 03:28 PM

Good advice as always David. Common sense rules the day. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 06:39 PM

More will come along. I am afraid of flying nails. I just don’t want to get hit with a nail coming off the tip of a saw blade. Side story. I once bought some ash lumber. It had the faces planed. I had it in my shop and had actually had it for awhile. I noticed that it had nails in it that had been planed off smooth. Mills don’t usually let this happen so I got over there and was trying to decide how the best way might be to remove those nails while I could see them. I had several nails in this board. I began working on them and finally found that they were halves of bird shot. The mill probably used a magnetic scanner and the lead didn’t pick up on it. I could take the point of my pocket knife and pick them out. Some person was hunting birds and the shot hit and penetrated the tree. Being a hunter myself I forgave them…LOL

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DaddyZ

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 07:16 PM

Pallets made out of wood WOW who knew, You might have found a gold mine. :)

Really I have found some beautiful wood in pallets !!!

Always some diamonds in the rough !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 07:51 PM

lead shot shoe be easier on a planer than the wood ;-) I don’t blame them either, maybe even a little jealous!

I use my metal detector a lot. I just cut up an urban fir for firewood, It only had one lag bolt in it ;-) It will go out in the ashes. BTW, the chainsaw didn’t find it ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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stefang

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#9 posted 04-07-2011 08:18 PM

Unless you were planning to make a one legged table I wouldn’t worry about it Bob. I think recycling is a good thing, but it is also risky, especially when it comes to stuff that has been nailed or pinned. I have often chosen the cheapest way out for wood for a project and have often found it not worth all the aggravation. Your time spent on a project is valuable even when your not getting paid for it, and new blades are also expensive. This is not to say I am against recycling, but in some cases it’s just not worth the risks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 08:34 PM

Thanks Mike, feeling a little better now. Usually what every I save are the nail free sections.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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therookie

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 09:10 PM

I know what you are going through

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 04-07-2011 09:27 PM

Almost like a death in the family, ain’t it? Well, maybe a 2nd cousin ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bertha

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#13 posted 04-07-2011 09:54 PM

I had to give up 4 years worth of small offcuts when I moved my previous belongings into storage. It was truly a sad day. I’ve seen a few shows about hoarders. If I had the storage room, I’d be ripe for the malady.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David White

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#14 posted 04-07-2011 11:29 PM

I can’t believe you guys have pallets made from white oak! Here in New Zealand pallets are almost always made from the cheapest, nastiest radiata pine.

Here, white oak has to be imported and costs a fortune (and btw, QSWO is almost impossible to get). As a lover of Arts & Crafts furniture, this vexes me a tad.

-- http://thecraftsmanstudio.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 04-07-2011 11:37 PM

I find quite a bit of oak in pallets. Most of it is rather poor grade, but once in a while I see a nice piece. I guess it just depends on where you live as to what are clled weeds. I burned big leaf maple by the cord for many years.

The other day i found what I call ‘wooden cardboard.’ It has a corrugated core like cardboard, but made of wood with a thin veneer on each side ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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