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Forum topic by lizardhead posted 08-17-2010 05:48 AM 1323 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-17-2010 05:48 AM

I was recently at my local steel distributer, where steel comes from overseas by ship then trucked into the supplier, There before me was a pile of 2” x 8” x 9’ White Oak planks that were used as dunnage between stacks of steel. So I got me 12 pieces and took em home to clean up for future projects.

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 05:56 AM

Yeah!!! Free wood!!! Congrats. Sounds like a great find.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 06:30 AM

A couple of swipes through the planer and they’ll be like new.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 05:45 PM

8/4/ white oak is 7.29 a ft here(Florida) you did good!!

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 11:14 PM

This weekend, I purchased a few tons of wood pellets for the stove this winter. Each pallet holds one ton that they load with a forklift. I take it home and transfer the bags to the garage, then return the empty pallet when I get the next load. Most of the pallets are really crappy pine with lots of bark showing.

However, one of them was white oak. The planks were about 5/8” thick rough sawn with a bit of bowing on each one. I thought about keeping it, but decided there were too many embedded rocks. I didn’t want to risk my planer blades over a small amount of oak. I threw it on the pile with the other empty pallets. It was gone when I came back about an hour later. All of the pine pallets were still there.

That pallet was nowhere near as great of a find as 2”x8”x9’ planks. Good haul. Hopefully they have more the next time you visit.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 11:52 PM

WoooHooo!!!! free wood and white oak at that.
sounds like enough to build a few projects.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 12:50 AM

I love free!!

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#7 posted 08-19-2010 04:33 AM

One thing you might want to be careful of is insect infestation. The emerald ash borer and the Asian long-horned beetle both came here in pallets and dunnage, and both are set to decimate hardwood forrests in this country. Look them over carefully.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#8 posted 08-19-2010 04:39 AM

Congrats on the lumber gloat.

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