A friend of mine called me up the other day and asked me if I would be interested in some bowling lane material from a local alley that recently closed. Little did I know what I was in for. The lane that was closing was the “Route 66 Bowl” in Oklahoma City, a local landmark.
My friend had bought the neon sign at auction. The lanes were also an auction lot, but the buyer was only interested in the synthetic overlay that had been installed over the original wood lanes a few years ago. So we were able to get all of the original wood lanes for just the price of cutting them up and removing them.
We cut the lanes into 8 and 16 ft. sections (42 inches wide) and distributed them to the guys who came to help. I got enough pieces for all of the projects that came to mind including a workbench, lathe stand and shuffleboard table.
The first 15 feet or so of the lanes was hard maple and the rest was pine. I didn’t get any of the maple, but the pine is beautiful and has a nice hard finish on top. If you ever have a chance to get ahold of any of this stuff, take all you can get! The only drawback I have faced is that the individual boards are nailed together from the side, so I went through a few sawblades cutting it up.