Reclaimed Glory #3: Will found oak ladder lead to new heights of woodworking adventure? Lets find out

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 08-17-2013 07:48 AM 1387 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Riding home I came upon a discarded solid oak ladder from a nice bunk bed bed I’m sure. ( I love Orange County).

I parked the the bike to inspect it closer

It was super heavy but I managed to balance it on my handlebars and ride it home. (not my first rodeo)

I got it onto my workbench and sanded down a section, put a lil oil on

The posts and rungs are laminated but all in all, not too shabby. gonna think about how to use the lumber here. The possibilites are ENDless…

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 12:28 PM

Great snag! That’s got ‘legs’ written all over it. Legs for a table, legs for a bench. Could also be a good re-saw candidate into smaller lumber. Some of the pieces look like they have some quatersawn ray flecks.

-- Steve

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 08-17-2013 08:55 PM

Great find, I have taken old cabinet doors that are maple and re-used them for boxes. One pass through the planer and the old finish is gone.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 10:05 PM

I saw the “legs” in there too, I am thinking about turning the rung pieces. Is oak workable on a lathe? I’m into so many projects right now this might have to sit awhile though.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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