Rescued Oak

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Project by WoodSparky posted 02-04-2010 01:44 PM 1998 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At a new home that I was wiring, there was a respectable pile of oak planking left behind from the flooring installation. The house is about 5000sq ft. and 80% of the deck was covered with oak in random widths from 4” to 8”. I had ask the owner about the fate of the wood, they said they were going to save it for possibly another room.

On a return trip to the job, I had found that the sheetrockers had thrown the oak outside, and some of the planks got wet. At this point the owner did not want it, and it was mine to take. I packed as much as I could into my van, and the rest got straped to the roof racks.

In order to clean up and flatten the oak, I had to plane them down to 5/8”. Using the same design, and left over plywood from the liquor cabinet that I had previously built, I had just enough wood to make one coffee table and two end tables.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 01:53 PM

you did a beautiful job on these

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 02:05 PM

Great save!!!!! You did a great job. I love it when waste has been turned into treasure.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 02:22 PM

Nice job, beautiful work, great salvage.

-- Marty Ohio

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 02:30 PM

Lovely work, one mans trash is truly another mans treasure in this case, well done

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 03:59 PM

Great work !
The hardware was a cool choice too.

Nice save!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 04:15 PM

Interesting story on the lumber. I like it when lumberjocks see the beauty in wood that others consider useless.

I love the look you created for this furniture. The hardware looks really good with these pieces, great choice.

Are the tops made of the flooring as well?

Thanks for sharing

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 05:04 PM

looks reall cool. nice free bee!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 05:06 PM

Awesome job on those cabinets, good use of the wood. Superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 05:46 PM

Great save! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 06:44 PM

They look great, and all with used wood. It doesn’t get any better than that!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 06:46 PM

Looks super Sparky

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#12 posted 02-04-2010 06:57 PM

Great save. Nothing better than free.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 08:28 PM

Great design for the tables. I really love that you used “saved’ wood. I’m a big believer in that. Way too much wood gets wasted. Super job. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 09:35 PM

Looks like the dearest part was the hardware..
Nice looking cabinets.. good score on the Oak…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 02-04-2010 10:34 PM

Nice touch and great style/

-- Obiwan

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