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Forum topic by Hussein Bin Sobah posted 09-10-2010 04:43 PM 803 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hussein Bin Sobah

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09-10-2010 04:43 PM

My first post. I never did any woodworking before, but I want to try making a table for the kitchen. Is it okay to use deck scraps? The carpenters left a pile of 1 inch deck boards when they finished the deck and I want to use them for the table. Should I use nails or screws? I have a old Diston saw and other tools from my granfather.

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Knothead62

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 08:08 PM

Is it treated wood? What is it treated with? Some wood is treated with arsenic which is a poison. Find out before you start.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 08:25 PM

Greetings trapper, I think I would look for another sourse of wood for the table…..Most decks are treated lumber, and are made to be used outside….Most deck wood is treated with some kind of oil and may cotain a poison compound. Won’t make for a very good dining table….Decking is what it is…...decking…...

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crank49

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 11:25 PM

I would suggest dropping by the book store or home center and finding a magazine or book on woodworking projects or furniture building. Read these, study the projects in there, evaluate if you understand what they doing to build those projects. If it all makes perfect sense, and you see where you could do those things, then by all means jump in and start. You might want to try building a work bench or shop table, or at least some saw horses to start with; to give you a place to work.

On the other hand, if the things in the books are all Greek and don’t make any sense, then I would try to scale back to a simpler project. And, as other people have said, I don’t think decking will make much of a table. Even if the wood is not toxic, which it could be, that type lumber will not be dry enough to build furniture that won’t warp and twist.

In either case, you will find lots of guidance here with folks that will be glad to answer questions and offer advise.

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MOJOE

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 04:27 AM

I would also steer clear of using the desk scraps….more than likely, they are treated and are probably not recommended for intimate contact with food etc. If you want to achieve the same look, any homecenter will have pine or oak lumber that would work. I know the Lowe’s near my house has pre-glued panels of pine that go up to kitchen table size, so this might be an option.

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