A couple of weeks ago I picked up twelve 8’ 4” boards (various widths and somewhere around an inch-plus in thickness) for $2.00 USD each. The seller had 18 to sell and his advertisement said must buy all. It didn’t take long to see that some were rotted completely or enough that they wouldn’t ever be useful. The twelve I found would yield a good 80% or more, so I talked him into the price each for only twelve. I didn’t think that was a bad price.
Here’s are seven of the original twelve. This gives you a good idea of which definition of ‘seasoned’ was used by the seller.
I trimmed off the rot and cross-cut boards where warpage started. Every board was thoroughly steel brushed before running through the planer. Boards over 6 ft. longer were cut in half, since there isn’t enough room in the dungeon to run a longer board through the planer.
Most of the boards were brought down to 7/8”, with some at 3/4” thickness. Some boards were cupped enough to warrant a thinner milling.
Some of the boards were heavily checked throughout the grain, yet they were quite solid. I’m sure I can find some applications for these still quite sturdy boards. Grain detail is gorgeous.
This is what is left to mill. Another day.
And these are the leftovers.
-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA