I hit the jackpot last night on my salvage rounds.
I’ve been frequently checking the discarded cutoffs behind an office furniture maker near my workplace, where I have found small, scrap pieces of cherry (some long, skinny pieces too, but nothing spectacular). Well last night I hit the mother lode (as far as I’m concerned anyway). Mostly poplar and american cherry, some clear pine and a flat, thin piece of mahogany (i think).
I bound it up really well with twisted wire and tied it up with paper, then covered it with wrap – it wasnt goin nowhere.
It was a bit of a pain to actually unwrap it. But since i had to carry this home on my bicycle, I wanted it to be secure as possible. It was a breeze to get home, just balanced it on the handlebars as always (gettin quite good at that these days).
I needed to bust out the wire cutters too
Here is the haul, left to right, (all 3/4 in): a couple of T&G pieces (birch? no idea), 2x clear pine 1×2s, 6x Poplar in assorted lengths & widths and 4 nice cherry pieces as well.
Got some nice lengths of cherry 1/2in x 1/2in x 4 feet or so as well, for trim.
I was so stoked. I have been finding more and more hardwoods lately – mostly oak in various forms, but this was exciting for me. I dont live too near a lumberyard and I am limited to the distance I can travel by bicycle and to what I can carry on it, so that severely limits my sources of wood. Its such a treat to be blessed with free woods for nice projects other than the pine construction lumber I get most often. These will end up being Christmas presents possibly. I have some good ideas for lathe turned projects this year as well as small boxes as gifts.
Also got some various pieces: Thin piece of mahogany (I believe), a common pine board (at least its flat), a spalted piece of prefinished maple (?) ply (for the shooting board I wanna build), and a strange, cool unfinished walnut veneered mdf board I just couldnt leave behind.
All together now:
I’m crazy. I know it. My girlfriend really thinks I’m nuts. You guys should see the mess of wood I have piled up in the shop aka salvage yard now (actually you shouldn’t). I really was beginning to think I needed to start skipping looking for wood after work and just go straight home and actually make something instead, but I after this find I will be hard pressed to at least not take a little looksie. Can’t hurt right?
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram