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Posted on Gauging the worth of reclaimed Bowling Alley Lanes (locally available for free)

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 06:01 PM

the ends of the bowling alley lanes are hard maple, and is a nice material for certain uses as it is thick, hard, and straight (and dry).

that said, there is no free lunch – it takes some effort to clean those boards up and use them for projects. First you have those hardened nails every 4 inches or so that will destroy your saw blades, then you have the tar on the bottom that you’d have to clean off (and will tarnish your saw blades/hand planes/etc), and at the end you are left with material that is full of holes (nails)- so in essence isn’t really suitable for just any project. great for shop projects and workbenches or “reclaimed look” projects though.

don’t get me wrong – all the above is very doable, just don’t expect this material to magically transform into a project without some effort put into it.

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