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Dumpster Diving #1: Flooring from my regular Sunday dumpster run

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Blog entry by rance posted 07-03-2012 04:38 AM 4090 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First of all, feel free to educate me on the species of wood I have here.

Well, I had to be back to the church in an hour to help prepare for some renovation we are having done so I decided to take a quick trip home. Well, I pulled in to my regular dumpster check. This particular dumpster is one of the long ones. It even has an awning over it.

At first I did not see much worth jumping in for. Down at the far end though, I saw a board or two peeking out so I jumped in. I trapsed to the other end, climbing over carpet rolls, carpet padding, and reached a place with a few boards showing. The boards were not on top like I would prefer. I fished for a few boards to get a feel for whether it is worth moving things for.

I liked what I saw. Here is what I came away with. One half:


 

And the other half:


 

Here’s an example of the grain in the boards:

 

Other shots of the grain:


(Sorry for the glare)

...and the TS insert looks none too happy about the prospect of having to rip this stuff.

 

The back side of these is a bit different, but will still have to planed down from their current 3/4” thickness. After planing, I should easilly get 5/8 of material. The only down side from what I’ve seen is that this wood seems pretty brittle. I am somewhat cautious as to how this wood will act when milling.

As I stated in the beginning, I would like to know what wood I have here.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-03-2012 04:52 AM

Looks like a NICE SCORE!!

Knotty Pine…

Cedar…

Cypress…

(?)

Pretty stuff!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rance

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#2 posted 07-03-2012 05:02 AM

Joe, I can safely rule out Knotty Pine. This is a little hard for Pine. Same for Cedar.

Here’s some closer shots:

After contemplating about the brittleness/splinteryness of this with a recent bout with some routing on another find, could this be Hickory? I have no idea what Hickory is supposed to look like.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 07-03-2012 06:07 AM

i would guess cypress.
Where is this dumpster? lol
Nice find with a bit of work.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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rance

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#4 posted 07-03-2012 06:29 AM

It is a flooring company in Fredericksburg. Not worth your drive from Md. :) Try scouting out a flooring company near you and check it often. When they rip out old flooring, they have to dump it somewhere. I’ve gotten to where I just bypass it now if it is Oak. Oak is the new Plastic.

OnlyJustME, I love your kid’s shirt on your avatar.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 07-03-2012 08:42 AM

I would go for Cypress… Marcrocarpus….

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#6 posted 07-03-2012 12:52 PM

My first thought is hickory…

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#7 posted 07-03-2012 12:56 PM

A friend o mine just installed a Hickory floor in his living room. His Hickory flooring had many different light/dark/knotty/clear and a wide wide range of different “hues” of color. This looks more uniform in color, but, still looks like Hickory to me also

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#8 posted 07-03-2012 02:18 PM

I think it is Cypress! When you start planing it down you should be able to tell though!

Nate

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#9 posted 07-03-2012 03:20 PM

Rance!

I have the solution!
Take a small board back to where you got it, during working hours, walk-in the front door,
and ASK THEM “What kind of wood is this?”.

Then, you would know for sure… removing ALL guesses… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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rance

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#10 posted 07-03-2012 03:26 PM

Yeah Joe, that’s the best solution.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 07-03-2012 05:01 PM

I say hickory – our first house had a floor made of hickory and cabinets to match..

I know the pic doesn’t do justice to it – it is a scan from the realtor brochure – but the knotty pattern as well as grain and hardness match what i remember of our flooring. The cabinets were largely clear of knots – - the flooring was not.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#12 posted 07-03-2012 05:08 PM

i do believe its hickory …. nice score. If it is hickory it should be pretty tough on your blades and knives.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 07-03-2012 09:53 PM

So who do i place my bet with? I still think australian cypress.
Are you going to find out from the flooring place? I need to know.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#14 posted 07-03-2012 09:56 PM

Hickory, Cypress or douglas fir..

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#15 posted 07-04-2012 02:10 AM

Looks a lot like hickory or pecan to me. If it’s that prefinished flooring do not run the finished side through the planer! It will kill blades very quickly. I use the drum sander with some 50 grit to get the finish off. Nice score! Glad to see you’re into dumpster diving and not too proud to admit it. I’m a charter member of “Dumpster Divers”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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