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Forum topic by Servelan posted 01-28-2011 12:50 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2011 12:50 AM

We are tearing down our house, and there are two sources of wood I’m kind of interested in putting in my little woodpile, but not sure if they are worth it.

First is the old cherry tree out front. Main trunk is about 7 – 8” in diameter, most branches are about 1 – 3” in diameter. My job to chop it down, my choice to keep or toss. So…keep or toss? I do have a lathe…

Second is some oak flooring under the carpet. There’s one room about 80 sq. feet total, and the living room which is 15’ x 20, approximately. It dates to the 50’s or earlier, as far as I can tell.

This is the one that gives me pause; I don’t care if it’s tongue and groove, I just want to get it up and in a pile for later refurbishing. Is it worth it? It’s the 3” stuff, not real long boards, but 2 – 5’ mostly.

I’ll be doing this on my own with little if any help because husband will be busy with other things related to the larger project, and I can’t take a long time to work on this, also because of that larger project.

What say ye? Keep the cherry, chuck the oak, or give in to my inner packrat and keep it all (or as much as I can get up in the case of the oak)?

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#1 posted 01-28-2011 01:10 AM

I once pulled oak wall planks out of a 60 year old hunters clubhouse and used the planks for flooring in an outdoor shed later. Keep the oak. The cherry, who knows,... maybe a bit small but others will chime in.

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#2 posted 01-28-2011 01:15 AM

You might get some value out of the cherry trunk. The branches are firewood.

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

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 06:14 AM

My experience with old flooring was that it wasn’t worth saving. That’s not to say you can’t get a few good pieces from it but I found it wasn’t worth my time. As for the Cherry tree keep the trunk and toss the rest. Limbs have tension that seems to be uncontrollable.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 06:35 AM

I love to smoke meat with cherry, maybe there is someone you know the has a smoker, they would be your best friend. You might have a restoration house in your area that would take the oak off your hands. You could always put it on CL and see if you get any bites.

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