Recycle Bowling Alley Lanes #1: Bowling Alley Material

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Blog entry by mmax posted 60 days ago 746 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have the opportunist to purchase Maple bowling alley 20 foot sections. I’m curious if anyone has used this material before and if so, for what. Obviously butcher block tops come to mind. $200/section.

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#1 posted 60 days ago

Workbench comes to mind.

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#2 posted 60 days ago

You might want to review LJ JL7's projects. He got some bowling alley maple and built nice things with it/them.

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#3 posted 60 days ago

Thanks for the shout out Don…. :)

In my opinion, the bowling alley is a love it or hate it thing. Of course the wood itself is beautiful. You won’t find many defects, they always use nice clear material. But, as you are probably aware, they use the nasty spiral nails to hold it all together. So you have to decide whether you use it as is, or tear it apart and remove the nails….

I remove the nails….so it’s a bit of work, and you need to re-surface the material, but it’s nice stuff….....

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#4 posted 60 days ago

There’s been a number of times this has been discussed on LJ. Try this blog or type bowling alley in the search box. I think the amount of work they require can be very high depending on how they were constructed.

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#5 posted 60 days ago

I used some of the pine lanes for a couple of projects. I just left the nails…worked great. Just be ready to go through a few saw blades!

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#6 posted 60 days ago

A bowling Alley comes to mind!

Rip up the hallway and replace it front door to the back, that will ensure they wipe their feet!!.. or look out!!

You could always invite yor “doctor” over and use him as a skittle!!

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#7 posted 32 days ago

I know a bit about then hard epoxy finish bowling lanes have. The pins also use the same chemicals to hard cure the coating. You can imagine how much abuse they take. Newer construction doesn’t allow these chemicals to be used, but a word of warning. The finish is about as toxic as my old friend Agent Orange. Part of the chemical structure is the same as dioxin. Be VERY careful when planing and sanding! I investigated a death of a women who got some lane planks and pins from an old bowling alley to use as firewood at home. It killed her after only two burns in a well ventilated system. The toxicity does not dissipate with age.Other than that, it’s great wood. ;) I wouldn’t hesitate to use it, but with great caution while removing the finish.

If it is less than 25 years old you shouldn’t have any issues.

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