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Forum topic by dbray45 posted 03-09-2011 07:49 PM 1072 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2011 07:49 PM

After doing my kitchen, which included the floor, I have a whole bunch of flooring left. A lot of this material I did not want to use in the floor because of size, color, or what ever. The small scraps are in a pile destined for the smoker. The larger pieces are now getting in the way. After doing the table, I was looking at this wood and started looking at it for what I can use it for.

Anything small is good smoker material – its cherry.

I took out a good sampling of really nice pieces in case the floor needs repair.

I need a bigger tool cabinet and salvaged pieces will make great drawer fronts if cleaned up.

I didn’t spend a lot of money for the wood and realized that places like Lumber Liquidators sell what they call “rustic” flooring for as little as 99 cents a sq ft for their 3/4” unfinished flooring.

Two things that I have observed with the “rustic flooring” – the faces on these boards are not real smooth, they could use a cleanup pass through the planer and the bottoms have the grooves that have to go.

I ran a couple of pieces through the planer to remove the grooves on the bottom and this took quite a while and made a lot of chips. When I replaced the bandsaw blade, I used a small piece to check the alignments and then I ran another, and another. I now have a respectable pile of small pieces for the smoker and almost enough pieces of 2.5” and 3.5” (I started out with 3” and 4” tung and grooved boards) of several lengths – all 1/2” thich after finish planing.

Some of the things I gained out of this is a lot greater skill in resawing on the bandsaw, how the fences help me and work against me, and getting the most from my tools – and a whole bunch of 1/2”, 1/4”, and 1/8” thick pieces of finished lumber for boxes, drawer fronts, and whatever else I need.

At 99 cents a square foot, minus about 30% loss, you are still well below $2.00 a square foot including taxes and fuel for finish lumber. If you leave the tung and groove, you can use these for the backs of cabinets and lose less in the milling.

What are your ideas in buying lumber at the best potential prices?

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 03:50 AM

I know when I lived in Damascus MD I had to drive a bit to find any hardwood dealers at all. Here in Texas it is not such a problem. I feel your pain.

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 02:31 PM

When I get lumber, I get about 50-100 bf at a time so storage is always an issue. Having 50 sq ft of flooring tacked up against the wall is something my better half doesn’t want to see. When I did my floor, I bought the rustic because of cost and it doesn’t look like the “perfectly matched, stained, monotone” floor. Each piece is different and even a quick glance tells you that this is not a cookie cutter floor. With rustic flooring, there is a lot of cleanup and as a result, you want some left over. This time I had more than I wanted. Its not enough for another floor and reusing flooring is – flooring. Strip the grooves and they are 5/8 – 1/2” boards. Some of the wood I made into 1/8” pieces, just to practice resawing. Now I have the wood milled to make other things.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 08:54 PM

I like this thinking.
I have a shelf in my workshop with oak from a parquet floor, was thinking to use this for boxes.
Best recycle thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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