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Project by bampy posted 03-22-2016 11:35 PM 1062 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall I was lucky enough to work at a locals house they were rebuilding, the woman was raised in it. When I saw the builders actually throwing boards out the top window, well I couldn’t resist going in. Amazing timber frameing 15in. boards some even wider, and he was adding whatever he took out to the burn pile. I knew one of the kids, (in his 30s now) and asked for a couple, he said I’ll make a pile for you and you can have it. This kid said what you gonna do with it? I tinker with wood and hate to see lumber like this just burn up. after 3 trips to finish my job, (I build fences) I noticed a pretty big pile of this stuff set aside, the kid wasn’t there but the owner was, I made sure to ask him as well if I could take the pile, he looked at me funny and said that’s my burn pile wood, but I could have it, we talked for awhile about the house, and his wifes upbringing in it, he said, I got something you can”t have though. It was Indian shutters. when they took out a window they were tucked in the wall, he found a couple, and decided to keep them.I loaded the boards up, got them home and started denailing them, well I started this last November, The back is cedar tongue and groove rejects from work, everything else is 1 board. I was lucky enough to salvage some of the nails and reused them. I gave it a light sanding{well a couple of pads of 120grit this stuff just ate up the first 2} the cedar has 1 coat of golden oak stain, the rest is just natural, saw marks, a couple cracks, but all natural. its 66inx36inx12in Gotta get some different coat hooks, those just don’t fit. My wife loves it, small problem, I want to give it to the couple that gave me the wood. What do you think?

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 12:06 AM

Way to go, wood that you gave a second life, more beauty full in the end. Your project is that more special. That wood has history.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 12:36 AM

I think you did a very special thing.
You deserve an at-a-boy, pat on the back.

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#3 posted 03-23-2016 01:17 AM

Nice find on the wood. Amazing what people just burn up.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-23-2016 11:17 AM

Nice work and a good story to go along with it. I would definitely gift it back to the home owners if that is their style. It would make an amazing talking piece for them.

-- Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 03:58 AM

Give it to the homeowners. Make your wife a new one, and tell her that one was the prototype.

-- If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed. - Ecclesiastes 10:10

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