What to do with this wood?

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Project by JJackson posted 10-27-2008 12:26 PM 3507 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Morning All,

I was very fortunate to get a beam of heart pine. I just milled it on Saturday and was amazed what was inside the beam. I was told that this quality of heart pine is about 200 years old and can only be found through saving it when they demo a building, which is where this beam came from. The wood is as hard as oak and is as red as red oak, like I have never seen before. Also it has 26 growth rings per inch!! Workbench maybe or is it too good for a workbench?


-- Jeff, Indiana

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#1 posted 10-27-2008 01:19 PM

Congratulation !
If you find more stuff like this, and you just do not want to flex your muscles, let us know. We are happy to come and do it for u. LOL.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-27-2008 02:46 PM

Please no workbench!! Nice reclaimed timber like this would make a beautiful country table or counter top for a bar or kitchen island.

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 10-27-2008 04:14 PM

I live near Fredericksburg, TX and there are a lot of display cabinets in the various retail stores there. You can make some beautiful cabinets with it, it also makes great looking tables, and I friend makes doors and flooring from it. He also makes period trim out of it for home restorations. When I first met him, he was mostly doing hardwoods, but this has proven much more profitable. He has a sawmill set up just to use reclaimed lumber. His operation is staggering to the imagination.

I second the request to skip the workbench.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 10-27-2008 04:20 PM

Wow! Talk about buried treasure!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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John Gray

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#5 posted 10-27-2008 04:29 PM

Great find and wood!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 10-27-2008 06:11 PM

Dinner table for sure. That’s some purrrrrrrrdy wood you got there mister!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#7 posted 10-27-2008 06:12 PM

That is the most beautiful pine I’ve ever seen. I agree with the no bench thing. My vote is for a table top, or what about a nice Shaker piece? It would be very authentic with wood of that vintage.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 10-27-2008 06:38 PM

Beautiful boards,

I had a bunch white pine 2×4s from a hundred year old house that was razed.

The growth rings were so close together, I could hardly count them.

I ended up making a deck at my cabin, & they ended up rotting away.

I ended up building a new deck. I wished I had used them for something else.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 10-27-2008 06:56 PM

What a great find. I agree with the others—make a display piece—it’s too good for a workbench.

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#10 posted 10-27-2008 09:25 PM

There’s a fella I buy lumber from named Dennis in Almont, Michigan. On my last trip there he pulled out a 10 foot piece of walnut about 16 inches wide. He said, “Take this and let it talk to you. You’ll find the right projet for it, just let it sit a while.” Well, I’ve got that board, and it’s a beautiful piece of wood, and I’m listening and waiting for the right thing. I’m sure something will come so I’m being patient with it. I’d suggest you do the same. Let the wood sit. Just look at it and let it tell you what it wants to be.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 10-27-2008 10:09 PM

Make furniture with it.
Other than being a bit brittle, it works and finishes nicely.
Heart pine is a very warm wood—it makes a room feel good.

-- Gary, Florida

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#12 posted 10-27-2008 10:22 PM

I bought a dozen or so oregan pine church pews (benches seats) over 150 years old they are all dismantled and stored in my woodshop waiting to be milled and thicknessed etc good find with the heart pine best wishes Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 10-27-2008 11:59 PM

Very nice find, some nice furniture. To use such a rare piece of lumber on a work bench, that hopefully is going to get severely beaten and abused, would be almost criminal.

Store it and wait for the right project – if it has lasted 200 years already, then it will not mind being unused for a a few more.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#14 posted 10-28-2008 12:43 AM

send it to me please

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#15 posted 10-28-2008 01:16 AM

God bless the Wood Mizers! that would have ended up in a bonfire otherwise. Nice

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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