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Forum topic by konnon6 posted 08-19-2015 05:43 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2015 05:43 AM

I got some cribbibg from a job site but its really rough I’ve gone through many router bits trying
to round the edges and smooth out the splinters.
I have a 5 inch polishing machine but don’t want to burn it out.
any help?

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 09:12 AM

I think you need to tell us what cribbing is. Also what’s this polishing machine?

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 01:13 PM

I’ll tell you.

Cribbing is used to support heavy things.
Best example I can give is when a house is moved they will stack 4×4’s or 6×6’s up usually in a square column under the I beam. As they jack it up they add another layer.

There is also something call dunnage which is used to support a load, like steel, during transport.

I got a hold of some dunnage the guy was calling “European hardwood”.
After I opened some of it up, it was quite interesting. A few even looked like rosewood.

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 03:52 AM

Well I had this idea on how to surface this cribbing that’s 16/16 way to big to plane with a Machine plainer
so I took this old router and a flat bit set the depth to 1/4 inch got two flat wood stakes a bingo!
got the first side done in an hour and with a smoothing plane got it pretty smooth.
I tried to square the ends but its still not square on the ends yet

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 10:34 AM

No pictures?

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 01:10 PM

You may have a LOT of dirt,grime,dust and stones in dunnage and cribbing. Those large blocks were tossed around in dirt all day.
Maybe take them and pressure wash before you use them. Let them dry.
I quit using planer and jointer on this stuff. All I use now is 25GRIT sanding disc on 5” hand grinder. Although I use mine for primitive looking furniture, legs etc. I dont want mine perfect flat or smooth.
Just my thoughts.

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 09:58 PM

Ya that’s vary true but its hard to find large timbers squared off like that.
Pressure washing is the right thing to do but then I’ve sand blasted a
few just to see what kind of wood some of the super heavy ones are
are red and black like rose wood some are white oak some are red oak
some are mahogany! Since sand blasting puts more grit into the wood
and water blasting takes so long to dry out I got this thing they use to
debark trees and runs off your chain saw it works so good but I want
another but don’t know who makes them or where to get more.
It was a given to me by a logger a long time ago, never had a use for it till now.
even the chain saw repair guys don’t know but it ripps through the cribbing’s
worn top coat like butter even hard wood!

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#7 posted 08-23-2015 10:21 PM

Lessons from actually USING cribbing…

One, let it set for a LONG time. They need to dry out.

Two: Cut any and all knots out. This is where the boards warp the most

Three: do not pretend these are Kiln Dried boards.

They spend their lives sitting on a semi’s bed, underneath TONS of steel. True, they are 3×4x8’ timbers. Where ever that truckload has been, so have the cribbing. When the truck arrives, cribbing will SOMETIMES just get tossed out. Sometimes the customer will chop it up as blocking. Then, sometimes, they windup back on the trailer, and re-used a few more times.

Now..IF you know someone at a site, by all means, grab a few timbers. Understand, these need to dry a long while, they will warp, and they may have metal objects in them.

Around here, under that “gray iron” load, the timbers are likely to be ….Oaks, Cottonwood, Poplar, Southern Yellow Pine.

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 07:13 PM

wow a new place to get cheap hard wood!!!! I got oak /mahogany/fir/ ebony/even white ash.
they throw them out if they get cracks in them. And yes by all means pressure wash them and
don’t stack them with other wood they could have termites.
I found that a 4.5 grinder works good on surfacing them with a twenty four grit.
It cut right through the knots rocks and other scum on them.
after searching them with a metal detector I resawed them and the beauty was skin deep!!!
I book matched the mahogany but the oak was like steel so out came the chain saw.
I have never seen ebony in pallets nor anything but it was here deep black with red waves.

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