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03-15-2011 02:18 AM

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I pick up and old Oak bed off the trash pile, It was stained so I cleaned it up with my thickness planer.
I might build a hand tool/power tool workbench with this Oak. The top would be Soft Maple.

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 02:21 AM

Don’t you just love what other people throw away!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 02:40 AM

Lumber gloat!!! Nice score!!

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 02:51 AM

Hows the job hunting going CJ?

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 03:14 AM

So so! But I am getting by.

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 03:24 AM

Good on you Charles. I had a friend at Great Lakes that built entire suits of funiture from recycled wood others threw away.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 03-15-2011 03:51 AM

Great score there Charles !

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#7 posted 03-15-2011 04:04 PM

Congrats on your find. Paul

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#8 posted 03-15-2011 04:10 PM

Great find…congrats!!

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 09:44 PM

Your trash piles are better than mine….good score buddy.

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 10:32 PM

Keep an eye out for a church giving away pews. I got quite a lot of oak that way.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 10:49 PM

How are the wood from pews? Does it take a lot of wear and tear over time?

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#12 posted 03-15-2011 10:50 PM

I’m always on the lookout for discarded wood bed frames, particularly waterbeds. They tended to use a LOT of very thick hardwroods, usually oak, sometimes maple but not often…

You scored really well on these pieces for sure. They cleaned up really nice!

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#13 posted 03-15-2011 11:23 PM

Yes they did, I think I will use the short peices as feet.

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#14 posted 03-15-2011 11:33 PM

Ah very nice score CJ. I once found an old end table that was painted, I cleaned it and it turned out o be Curly Maple. Good luck on the search for job.

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#15 posted 03-15-2011 11:35 PM

one mans trash is another mans treasure!

-- John

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