Working with recycled timber #5: Some Recycled furniture Timber and Perils of Foreign Objects

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-08-2013 01:36 AM 1353 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my last Blog I closed with a comment I was doing a refurbishment and had recovered some timber for reuse.

So lets look at the results that can be obtained.


It was a pine cabinet which had been stained with a dark finish.

The timber I worked with in this first section had already been dressed.
So reducing stock below standard thickness and then attempting to use it in conjunction with other projects needs to be considered, as it may well end up being more problems than its worth, however if its backing or base items it may go unnoticed.

This is the Pine Stock I worked with

I didn’t take a before shot so you will have to imagine the timber with a stain on it similar these in this image.

A couple of runs through the drum sander and the follow results were achieved.

The stained surface can be almost sanded away completely

Dings, they are to be expected in recycle timber, and its best to live with them as complete removal may waste your time an the material.
Recycling timber this thin definitely relegates it to the back or an out of sight area on a project for its 2nd life.

Large size Pine stock

This is a combined before and after shot, of two large pieces, over 32mm sanded with 80 Grit in the drum sander.

So with the increased thickness you now have a more practical ability to reuse the timber and maintain a standard thickness.

The pieces were the bottom of a Jet Ski crate!

Some Oregon I sanded and the results.

These were over 22mm so had the thickness for a reuse in life
They were the cross braces in the crate I showed in a previous blog with the felt on them

After removing the nail plates and checking they looked OK to go.

Into the Drum sander they they went and were sanded to 80 G.

Finding Foreign Objects (FO) by eye.

Now if you do not have any electronic means to detect FOs don’t be too put off, a visual check can be just as good, then followed up by a sanding, and if the unfortunate happens better to damage a belt than a knife.

Here is the suspect item and there appears to a entry point but nothing visible.

After a couple of sanding passes its definitely a nail.
This is the A Side

This is the B side

This is a small staple/brad or the likes, and will not do permanent damage to the drum sander belt, or if any damage its minimal, otherwise its a change out no real big deal.

Better to find it sanding than thicknessing.


-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 11:32 PM

So how did you get it out? Did you get it out?

I have a bunch of boards I got from a pallet of plywood from China, and its Rubber wood. Really pretty stuff, but its full of crappy chinese nails that the heads kept popping off when breaking it down.

I need a good method for removing these. The wood is hard, so they dont just come out by pulling.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 11:44 PM

From memory as there was a split near the end I just cut the section out.

I have seen the nails you speak about, and I think there is a suite of screws made from the same material
the heads round out as you try to insert them.

Have a look at my blog sanding surprise its a tek screw or similar the extraction is messy and requires using plug cutters to refill the hole. You may be able to do the same on a smaller scale

-- Regards Robert

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