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I made this from reclaimed lumber.
Story of find:
I found an ad on CL for “Flame Maple” in the “Materials” section. I got a hold of him right away. He was eager to sell since the post had been up for two weeks. When I got there he said it was on the side of his house…FOR TWO YEARS!!!!
Me: “You stored the Curly/Flame maple on the side of your house?! Out in the open?”
Him:” Ya…(paused as he gets that distant look in his eyes like “maybe that wasn’t a good idea”) But I put a tarp over it.”
Me: Hmm… (insinuating that what he did wasn’t a good idea)
My estimation of what it was worth went down quickly.
We went to the side of the house. The blue tarp was weathered and had gaping holes; pieces of frayed tarp hanging loosely over the boards. We pulled the tarp back to reveal termites, pill bugs, spiders and black beetles scampering away quickly from the light.
Him: “How much for it?”
Me: (Trying to keep a straight face thinking… ”How about not a dang thing and give me some gas money for wasting my time”)
Truth be told there were some buried pieces that looked like I could use.
Me: I’ll give you $40 bucks for the lot.
Him: (Looking shocked) “I was hoping for a couple of hundred bucks. This was wood that came from a Luther Guitar shop that they couldn’t use.”
Me: (Pointing at the wood) “But there’s termites coming out from under that mushroom growth on the side of that board!! I’ll be luck if my wife allows me to unload it at my house.” On the trip home I was trying to find a way to convince my wife that it wasn’t junk. (well it was junk…sorta). My wife went crazy…but not in the way I thought it would go. She saw “FARM TABLE” written all over it.
So here it is. A spalted flame maple farm table with about a gallon of clear epoxy to fill up the cavernous holes made by the termites and then finished it with “Arm-r-seal”.
-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.