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Posted on saving wood furniture and items at garage sales and auctions

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 07:16 PM

I have a whole area of my shop to store and break down used and broken furniture… right next to it is where I store my logs and found wood from around the city. LOL An “Urban wood miner” I am totaly a dumpster diver and second hand shop haunter…. used wood has a amazing qualities..

a) teaches you how to determine veneer over solid and why they used woods in what way for the design and construction.. and sometimes the substrate below the veneer is also great wood (unless it is plywood) and some pieces can travel across the world to deposit what you thought was oak and it ends up being some exotic wood you have never seen before from asia.
b) gives you ample means to discover how to identify finished wood.. which will amaze your friends.
c) the older the furniture, the more stable the wood.
d) you can research and find out history.. like a table I found in the trash which is solid elm and traced the mark to a maker in Penn about 50 years ago… then I dismantled it and used the wood for other things.
e) cutting up pre-worked wood makes awesome shapes and grain patterns for trinkets, sculpture, and intarsia.
f) it is cheap or free $$$$$$$

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