Wood Finds #1: Found Wood

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Blog entry by Joe Watson posted 03-20-2009 04:24 PM 1038 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I was going out to eat when I saw some wood in a pile alongside the road. Some guy was getting rid of some junk wood. So after dinner on the way home i stopped briefly to look at the pile from the car. Well after toiling I took a friend over and we picked some of it up. Most of the wood was just pine from a pallet or something along those lines. One of the pine pallets was put together with rough sawn yellow pine 2×4. However this one assembly of wood was about ten feet long and 4 or so feet wide. i got it home to discover it was Oak of some kind and I have a sneaking suspicion its white oak. The width were planks of 5 inches or so wide by inch thick. and running the length of the monstrosity was a 4×4 post of oak running the whole 10 feet. I am always so excited to wind up with these kinds of finds. I will post more about it later with pictures.

-- Got Wood?

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#1 posted 03-20-2009 04:32 PM

I really enjoy hearing stories like this. These are a win-win situation for everyone. You keep the wood from going to a landfill or being burned and get some nice wood to work with.

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

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#2 posted 03-20-2009 08:46 PM

Nice find!

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 03:27 AM

I love it when we take people’s cast offs and are able to repurpose them. Look forward to seeing the wood and some projects made from it.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#4 posted 03-21-2009 05:17 AM

Seems this should be in a “ya know you’re a lumberjock when…”Scenario. I love it! my wife constantly looks at me wierd when I haul home pallets and such that I have gotten for free.I don’t mess with the softwood pallets and we have a couple heavy equipment manufacturers near me so I usually get good “railroad ties” in sizes up to 8”x8” and 10’ long.For those of you who aren’t familiar with the terminology some lumber mills slice off the outsides of the log into “tie sides” and sell the heart as “ties” granted they are green but very often white oak and can then be quartered and dried with mixed results for flecks.

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#5 posted 03-21-2009 10:50 PM

the train tracks near our house just replaced the ties and i had thought about dragging acouple of them home.

-- Got Wood?

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