Reclaimed Glory #9: Oak railing scored - now what on Earth am I going to do with it....

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Blog entry by palaswood posted 09-20-2013 08:37 PM 1037 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Salvaged pine 2x2s rescued Part 9 of Reclaimed Glory series Part 10: Rescued a lonely solid Oak side table with a broken leg - Patch him up? or Cannabalize? »

I recovered some oak just now on my lunch break, from a railing like you see at the top of a stairway (not along the stairs itself). Solid oak with holes for the balusters, which I removed. Im curious how to use it.

I rounded the corner back behind some of the buildings in the business park, and to my surprise, there is a trash truck about to dump a full dumpster with this on top. I rushed over and grabbed it off before he did. I also got some small scraps of oak and hardwood (cherry I think, largest is 1×3x12)

I’m gonna check back after work to see if they are still there, and maybe them up and try to get those home as well.

I’m on a bicycle, so it’s tough, but I always seem to manage.

Any ideas what to use it for LJs?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 08:45 PM

mounted horizontally it might make for a cool bar top edge

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 08:51 PM

Thats a great idea!

I’m trying to conceptualize a use for it on my Workbench. It’s been a long time in progress, but I started it when I was brand new to woodworking (like 8 months ago, lol) and now I’m thinking, maybe I start from scratch. It’s just pine 2×4s and plywood anyhow.

I previously found this solid oak (laminated 1x3s) ladder. If I can somehow combine the two… lightbulb!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 01:40 AM

I don’t know how your money situation is, what with a bike for transportation. But you can rent a U-Haul truck reasonably for in-town moving. I used to frequent the Salvation Army near where I used to live on Friday afternoons, after the auctions. I’ve gotten some really cool stuff FREE, left over after the auction. The stuff sells on pallets, and what people don’t want goes against the fence and is then crushed and disposed of. It may not work that way anymore, that was 20 years ago. But I got a lot of stuff for my (and other leader’s) Cub Scouts to use for projects. If the SA doesn’t have to crush it and pay for hauling and the dump prices, they profit by that, so you are saving them money by taking it away. Something to think about. You just never know. For example, I made the mistake of buying a 3’ fluorescent light fixture for my laundry room. 2’ was too small, 4’ too big. But those 3’ bulbs are oddball and cost way more than the other two sizes. I scored 2 cases of those 3’ bulbs once. I left them at the house I sold in ‘02, as I sure wasn’t buying another 3’ fixture, and it saved the new owners a mint, I’m sure.

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 02:00 AM

Might be more useable if you could rip it in two vertically.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 02:23 AM

Mayb plane it flat and use as an apron for your bench. Oak will hold up nicely to abuse on edges. Also its good see someone dignifying our trees the way you find your materials.
I used to carry some crazy stuff on bikes too but, not like this…

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 02:32 AM

lol that’s me! well almost anyway. I went back for the balusters and ended up finding an almost empty roll of thrown out 2inch blue masking tape with ¬§exactly¬§ enough on it to go around both ends a couple times.

I taped five to it first then taped the rest on top of that so as not to overburden the tape. And it held like a champ. I balance it on the handlebars to get it home. Just 3 miles, uphill though.

I’m gonna maybe use the balusters as legs for some side tables

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 04:34 AM

On a whim I decided to plane down the curved edge.

I’ll decide what to do with it later. I just wanted to take the #6C to some oak… can you blame a brother? It was free anyway

Thats poplar and pine in the back, poplar came back with the oak rail (it was painted white), and the pine is from a previous haul. Didnt stand a chance against the #6C

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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