Roubo Workbench #9: Lumber Update

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Blog entry by Eric posted 06-01-2010 03:23 PM 1492 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I would be making a visit to my church friend’s lumberyard. Here’s an update:

This friend of mine is having her warehouse guy look for all the lumber I need from rejected timber. Now I’m not sure what causes something to be rejected. I suppose export-grade stuff would have to be pretty good, so maybe rejected wood is still okay. As long as the wood is straight and not rotten, it should work for a bench, right? Even pinholes would be okay for me, as long as the bugs have moved along. So we’ll see. The foreman or whatever he’s called is going to give me a buzz when he has it together, so I’ll get to inspect it first.

Oh…and did I mention that she’s going to give me all this wood FOR FREE??? She also told me that this guy could hook me up with all kinds of scrap wood – cutoffs, rejected wood, whatever. She said they normally just burn it.

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 03:38 PM

woah, I think this is the best contact you could have as far as WW goes :) I guess you can cross lumber off the list of “hard things to get”.

I think rejected lumber would be more towards not meeting up with standards of length and twist more than bug defects – so you should be more than good to go with that!

looking forward to see what you get Eric. good luck!

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 04:54 PM

nice score!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 04:55 PM

Free is always good but to build a long term project with wood that has worm holes ? I would exclude the wood with any kind of infestation in them just to be on the safe side.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 04:59 AM

Jim, I’m sure that I wouldn’t use pinholed wood for actual nice stuff. But for my workbench and workbench accessories, I have no problem with it. Even for nice furniture and projects, there is a lot of wood that never gets looked at – I could use it for that as well.

But I’ve heard elsewhere that in most cases, pinholed wood is no longer infested and should be fine to use. (Termites are another matter!)

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