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In 2002 from a cash of probably 80 year old growth walnut that I found in a barn that was being cleared from 67 Acres to make room for a shopping mall in Charlestown, WV. I came across this barn that had been knocked down and saw a lot of boards that I first thought were maybe oak or just part of the barn. There were 12” and 15” 12 to 16 feet long plus an assortment of skinny boars as well but everything was at least 1” thick so I loaded up the larges ones and left the rest. A few days latter I was stacking the lumber I found and upon closer examination it dawned on me that this was not oak (It was packed with so much dust from being in the barn for so many years you could not see the surface.) I took a knife and scraped away the surface and discovered that they were Cherry and Walnut of the best quality I’d ever seen! Realizing what it was I jumped in my truck to go back for the rest only to find it had been plowed under and destroyed. My heart sank so defeated I got back in my truck and headed home but realized just how lucky I was to get the 150 BFT that was there. Above is the end table I built to go with this story.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/





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schroeder

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#1 posted 2482 days ago

Beautiful table and great story!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Max

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#2 posted 2482 days ago

A very good story…. The table looks very nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 2482 days ago

That’s a gorgeous table. I dream about running accross a stash of lumber like that!

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

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2482 days ago

what a story!
and a beautiful, beautiful table

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#5 posted 2482 days ago

A great looking table. Too bad you could not have saved more, but at least you did get some great wood.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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sandhill

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#6 posted 2482 days ago

Thank you all, as it turns out this was my first project that was not 2X4s and or covered with paint so it is special to me.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 2482 days ago

Great table..Great Story…That was even a great picture. Excellent artistic work on both the picture and table.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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Karson

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#8 posted 2482 days ago

Good find and too bad you didn’t grab it all. Even if it was oak it was still cheap (free).

A great job with your find.

Some of the farmers have their lumber stash, and don’t want to get rid of it. They pass on and the heirs dispose of the farm. Not knowing what treasures are buried nearby.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 2482 days ago

I feel your pain! But that is one fine looking table.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Dadoo

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#10 posted 2482 days ago

Nice grab! Too bad yet another shopping mall had to go up in its place. Nice table too!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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sandhill

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#11 posted 2482 days ago

Thank You for all your complements, yes I hate to see farm land disappear as well. It’s more then the land not that it going away it’s a way of life and a lot of history that gone from the area. Progress Sigh

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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relic

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#12 posted 2482 days ago

Its a beautiful piece.

-- Andy Stark

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sandhill

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#13 posted 2482 days ago

Well everyone, I have looked at every project here and all of you have set a very hi standard for quality! To get all this great feed back gives me the confidence to reach that standard.
Thank you again.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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jeanmarc

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#14 posted 2276 days ago

very beautiful works

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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sandhill

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#15 posted 2276 days ago

Thank you, I enjoyed making them

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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