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Posted on Good wood from pallets? Really?

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 02:37 AM

One of two such tables, both used to be old Oak pallets. legs were turned from the 2x runners. Yes I pulled a bunch of nails, but, saved a bunch of cash. Figure the amount saved in the legs. Quarter sawn white oak in 6/4 stock. Tops were glue ups of more of the runners. Nail holes? Nope. I resawed the runners right down the middle. yields 2 boards just under 3/4” thick, by about 3” wide. Aprons were more of the same. The slats of those pallets? Well these tables were made during the winter, and at the time they were made, I heated the shop with a wood burner.

Another source of “Free” lumber? Maybe an old barn in your area has fallen down, or needs to be taken down? Or, in my case, an old garage/carriage house fell down. I found a joist of Black Cherry, loads of white oak rafters, beams of Sycamore…..

There was even enough to build a few things with it…

Or, IF there was an old school house that was demolished? Maybe the flooring was usable?

Of course, if one just doesn’t have the time to process some old boards, and has enough cash to blow on NEW wood, by all means, spend the cash. I’m cheap, er, frugal, as in BROKE, so, IF I see a source of Pallet wood, Crate wood, Barn wood, etc… i will grab it. Been doing it from about the 80s…..

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