Wood Hoarder

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Blog entry by danzaland posted 07-20-2010 03:09 AM 2275 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I admit it. I am a wood hoarder. My garage has plenty of untapped talent in it. Tables, chairs, shelves, car ramps… Now just the time to do something with it all.
One of my earliest gets was a brace that was rejected at the timberframe shop I worked for.
Braces and more
I was able to locate a second one and decided it may hold up a vanity top one day.

Those sticks on top were cut out of 8x timbers as a screen channel. Those are 1×2ish at varying lengths.

Probably my most prized are these cut offs:
It’s okay, the snowblower and weed whacker are protecting them. There are 8 of these cut off. Originally it was a timber that was 8”wide by 14 or 15” high. The top half is now a curved bottom girt of a truss in a house nearby. These would have gone to the scrap heap or the kiln, but why? As they stand now they are about 8’ long, 8” thick, about 2” at the narrow end and rise to be about 7 1/2” at the top of the curve. Stacked as they are is a nice bench, but would be heavy as hell to move. I had thought about making them into shelves, or outside edges of a table. Oh the opportunities.
If you look in the background you can see a bunch of other off cuts stacked against the wall. Some of them are 20”x20”x8” and made me think about making huge scrabble tiles… There are other off cuts that are 10×10 or 8×8 and over a foot long.

I have a bunch (about 200) of 1”x1”x3” cedar spindle cut offs that might make a nice table top, a couple of walnut corbels, and various other reject braces.

This next shot is more curve bottoms, and more of those screen 1x.
Curves and 1x

Next up are glue-lam car ramps from a glue-lam curve, a stump that will be a table, another log, and in the back are my first attempts at chainsaw milling.
More junk?

Then I have 80 or so pieces of 2×6 Tongue and Groove cut offs that are 15” to 18” in length. Another table top or workbench top, or some other decorative thing.
2x6 TnG

And then in the background of this photo is over 100 year old 1x slab wood that was on my father’s 1855 timberframe up until last summer. Sure it has a TON of nails in it, but that adds character. IN front of that are the 4×6 rafters. Both these previous mentions are over 9 feet in length with some being 12-15 feet.
Then there are the Oak 4×4’s from a pallet I swiped. Oak, timberframe, slabs

I guess I do have a problem. Not enough time and only a few of the right tools….. I best get to work.

-- I don't know what God is. But I know what He ISN'T - Jordan Maxwell

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 06:00 AM

You can use some of the pieces to build shelves to hold the rest of the pieces…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 07:26 AM

I understand what you are saying. It is easy to acquire wood. I have a shed just filled and then my sawyer calls me up to offer me a great deal on some oak and hickory and of course I don’t say No because it is a great deal. Or when I come across a free flooring ad on craigslist and it is wide and usable so I squeeze it in my shop.

It is so easy to accumulate wood. At one point I will have to say no, but as long as I have room I guess I will hoard it away. Now you will have to show us what you will use those curved timbers for.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 07:40 AM

If I put all of that in my tiny shop, I could not get in! haha

Great collection. I know about grabbing wood when available. Now I just got to get more done with it.

Thanks for sharing.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 07:45 AM

Nice collection. I know exactly the situation. Too many nice pieces to pass up, running out of room to store it and each piece waiting for just the right project.

I’ve now set up a new goal for myself which, I wonder, if I can ever really achieve – and that is to use every last scrap I have saved up. No wood is too good for any project now. Time to stop saving and start using. I figure I’ll be dead before I use it all.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 07:49 AM

You have some gorgeous pieces in there. It is sad what people will throw away or burn.
I am guilty as well. I stuff very chunk of wood I can get my mitts on into the garage.
God help me when I get the band-saw and can re-saw the “free wood” I have been accumulating

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 06:37 AM

I like the lil piece of tree trunk you have there, looks like it will make a great turning! Never turn down good wood.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 06:48 AM

I think that wood hoarding is a problem most dedicated woodworkers have. “I know I’ll use those pieces for something, I just don’t know what right now.” In all seriousness, it makes you realized what a wonderful medium we have in wood. There’s just so much you can do with it. I really can’t understand people who prefer plastic.

good luck with your therapy.


-- vicrider

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