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Dave Price

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05-06-2010 02:54 PM

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Ive been cleaning out a area in my shop building that was used for storage by my parents, most things in this area have been untouched for many years. Its about a 1500 sq ft area that will work out a lot better for my wood shop than where it is now. Down side of that its going to need a lot of work. Anyway back to the point of this post. I found a lot of these

probably a hundred or so, most look just like this one but there are some other sizes and shapes.

My Dad probably picked these up in a garage sale some where. My guess on what these are is picture frames but why so many. They are all about 3/8” thick and the wood is real rough, i ran these pieces thru my planner. I am not a wood species authority by any means, does the wood look like oak?
Any Thoughts would be appreciated.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 02:56 PM

Sure looks like oak to me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 02:59 PM

Same here! Oak!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 03:14 PM

Oak. Picture frames maybe.

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 03:16 PM

Oak was my first thought. Have no idea what they are!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 03:45 PM

To me it looks like a picture frame made from white oak.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 03:51 PM

Looks like somebody cut some decoupage boards with a router and pattern bit, and what you have are the scraps left over.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#7 posted 05-06-2010 04:37 PM

Looks like white oak. My guess would also be picture frames. Perhaps your dad got them from a crafter?

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 05-06-2010 05:28 PM

I wonder if someone needed a bunch of ovals and figured the cutout waste could be “used for something, someday”. I do this a lot.

Maybe they needed a bunch of coasters for oval beer bottles!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 05-06-2010 05:42 PM

Walnut! Kidding. I have some oak with the same grain as this.

-- Ray

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#10 posted 05-06-2010 06:00 PM

The squares look like oak alright, but the pieces with the ovals look different…ash? Hard for me to tell. It’s hard to tell what they were intended to be, but lighting fixtures and small mirrors come to mind, maybe even a base for a thermometer/clock/ photo/barometer/etc. wall hanging. With the odd grain on the squares, it looks like practice work with gleu ups. By the way, if you happen to run across a SawStop and a 20” lathe that’s just plain in the way you can give it to me. Lol.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 10:47 PM

The squares are quarter sawn white oak. The cutouts are red oak. I am with poopiekat, the cut-out parts which are gone was what was being made – these are just the leftover scraps.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Dave Price

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#12 posted 05-07-2010 12:56 AM

Thank you everybody for all the replies, i was thinking that they were oak but that one board had them squiggly lines it it that Ive never seen. could be anybody’s guess what they are I’m afraid. I have to figure out what to do with all of them like i said i have a hundred or so of them. Again thanks everyone.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#13 posted 05-07-2010 01:46 AM

Dave … they are indeed oak and the ones with the squiggly lines are oak as well they are just milled differently. That is what is called quartersawn oak. By the looks of it they are some nice pieces.

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#14 posted 05-07-2010 01:55 AM

the technical term is medullary rays … they are the figure that you get when you quartersaw oak.

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#15 posted 05-07-2010 02:05 AM

I just got some oak recently that was very squiggly! I had never seen that before, which is why I decided to get it.

Sounds like now would be a good time to get into the picture-frame-making business.. the process is already partly done! :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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