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03-03-2010 07:27 PM


I just want to introduce myself to the group, been lurking for a while on the site but just decided to join up so i can share. I work as a demolition contractor so i’m usually lucky enough to reclaim a lot of the lumber that i work with. I have just recently gottten into wood working as a hobby and set up a basement work shop in the new house. Hoping to share some of my “scores” with everyone here and learn some new tricks along the way.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 07:49 PM

Well welcome. Always nice to meet new members. I’m sure you’ll love it here. Also, it’s nice that you get to use a lot of reclaimed lumber. Cheap and helps recycle.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 07:51 PM

If it’s free it’s for me !! Ill be posting some of the things i have built out of reclaimed lumber here in the next few days.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 08:26 PM

Looking forward to your input!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 08:31 PM

We are looking forward to seeing your posts. Projects made from re-purposed wood are always interesting posts to see.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 08:54 PM

welcome aboard…free lumber is the best..look forward to seeing some projects…grizzman

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 12:43 AM

Welcome. Glad you could join us.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 01:06 AM

welcome to lumberjocks you are lucky to have a continuous supply of free reclaimed timber looking foreword to seeing your work

branch ok

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 01:12 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

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#9 posted 03-04-2010 01:17 AM

I have a number of things that I have built that….......really need demolition…......interested?..........(-:

Seriously…....Oh forget it, I am never serious…’ll have a great time and learn a lot here. Probably find a few friends along the way too….....

Alaska Jim

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#10 posted 03-04-2010 03:41 AM

Welcome aboard, I’ve had a blast here, hope you do too.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#11 posted 03-04-2010 03:46 AM

Welcome Chris.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 03-04-2010 03:47 AM

Welcome! This is the best website on the web for anyone that loves woodworking. You’ll learn alot here. I know I have!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 03-04-2010 05:06 AM

Welcome, I’ve also got a demo question. I know of a warehouse that’s going to be demolished. I haven’t seen the inside, but apparently it’s full of 12’ long 8×8 chestnut beams holding up the cieling/roof. I’ll have access before the demo. Is it safe to just cut them out with a chain saw? I’d like to get them in good condition rather than pull them out of a pile of debris. Do you have any advice?

-- Glen

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#14 posted 03-04-2010 05:32 AM

Welcome. This is the perfect place to give up the sawzall for a dovetail saw!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#15 posted 03-04-2010 03:50 PM


In response to your question about the 8×8’s … I would say that it proabbly isnt same to hack those out of there, if those timbers are as big as you claim im assuming that its a post and beam construction. Removing those would probably bring the roof structure down on yourself. If the are going to demo the warehouse they will most likely start at the roof (depending on height and reach of the machine). Once the roof is peeled off then i would say that its safe to cut out the timbers but being careful to not let the outside walls fold in on it. Id set up some kickers off the wall to make sure that didn’t happen.

If you could send me some pics i might have a few ideas to help you out, i hate seing good lumber chewed up by machines.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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