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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 03-06-2010 03:27 PM 959 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So as a demolition contractor (the job that pays the mortgage) and a wood working hobbyist (the job that keeps me sane) i have been privliged enough to get my hands on some great lumber. My most recent score is some antique red / black oak dating back to the late 1800’s from what i could gather. I took home my first piece to be denailed, a monster 5/4×18” x 32”. Unfortunately it had quite a crook down the middle and i had to sacrifice it and rip the crook out of it leaving me with 2 8” wide pieces. Havent figured out what i want to do with the lumber yet but ill be posting pics of the process, hopefully ill have it all planed down and square by the end of the weekend here. Pics coming soon.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty



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#1 posted 03-06-2010 05:26 PM

That’s one of the reasons I love working on old buildings. The project I posted a little while ago was made from lumber I salvaged from a convent build in 1879. Beautiful old growth pine and the best part was that it’s free.

Got a job coming up in Boston, in one of those old brownstones. The owner hates the old 8’ doors. The main entry are double mahgony doors and the interior looks like hickory all from the early 1800’s. can’t wait to get them back to my shop.

have fun with the oak can’t wait to see what you make of it

-- dannymac

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 06:35 PM

Reclaimed Oak

So i have finished denailing, planing, jointing, and sdanding one side of the reclaimed oak … now its time to figure out what to do with it. Here are the pics! Ive been told that its either red oak or black oak. Not sure exactly but the figure in the wood is amazing, cant wait to finish it!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 06:48 PM

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 10:28 PM

Think it’s white oak that got darker with age.

-- dannymac

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 03:51 PM

So from the pile i pulled out a handful of 2” thick boards to create a craft table for the wife. I had to cut most of the boards down due the amount of broken off cut nails buried within. Used half lap joints to get me to the length i needed and “stretch” the boards. Jointed them all with my old stanley block plane glues em up and trimmed it out with a round over detail. Shown in some of the pics are the almost finished legs which eventually will have a through mortise to accept a 1×3 stretcher for stability. The table top has been finished with a Medium walnut danish oil, wet sanded with 320 grit to close the pores, then 2 more coats of oil, and finally a coat of paste wax. Every piece is reclaimed lumber from a 1875 post and beam house. Hope everyone enjoys and ill make sure to post the finished pics!!

!http://i1020.photobucket.com/albums/af325/chrisstef89/fallentree3-10008.jpg!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 04:08 PM

hmm cant figure out why the pictures got shifted .. ill have to work on that

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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