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Forum topic by ronensky posted 02-16-2012 10:53 AM 2136 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-16-2012 10:53 AM

I have plans to furnish my office with desks made from bowling lanes. I love the look and the use of reclaimed material. Anyone who can get hold of some lanes please reach out. Ronen – ronensky [at] gmail [com

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 01:20 PM

where are you located?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 02:42 PM

Get ready for some heavy lifting.
Ya ain’t gettin’ my workbench.


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#3 posted 02-16-2012 04:53 PM

I seen a add somewhere in IND, they are taking up lanes like so wide sold by linear foot, the add was in a auto trade book from E town Area I think, But this is recent book, the name of the flyer is AUTO TRADER the add was in the back I expect a reward if u find this just kiddin IL be up around 7 tonight and see if u found it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 06:40 PM

Cutting those is tough. I understand they are full of nails holding the boards together.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 07:02 PM

I can’t send messages yet since I am a newbie….so…

Chrisstef – I am located in California. If it makes sense, I can pay for shipping.
Bill – Promise I won’t take your workbench.
Steve, Kentucky – I don’t have access to that magazine in IND…but if you find the contact info I would sure be grateful

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 08:26 PM

Keep your eyes on CL.
I got some nice maple and building a workbench from it.
Yes, do watchout for the nails.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 08:28 PM

I used to have two work benches made out of that stuff. Wish I could get my hands on some more!!
Good luck finding some and get a fork lift ! LOL.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 02:35 AM

I saw an ad on Tulsa, Ok CL for a whole building full of bowling alley lanes tonight. Shipping to Ca would probably be a deal breaker.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 08:04 PM

Talk to your local demolition contractors they may have some leads on it. In my 10 years in demo ive only bid on one bowling alley job but theyre out there for sure. Good luck in your hunt. I know a guy out here in CT that has some but putting wings on that is gonna be pricy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 02-17-2012 09:30 PM

Another option is to look for a basketball gym being re-floored. I got a few sections from my buddy (who carted home nearly half a court.) It was a 1” wide parquet. It’s kinda neat because it has the key’s circle crossing over it.

It’s my understanding that only the first few feet of a bowling alley are hard maple and the rest are softer woods. And likewise, I’ve heard they are full full full of nails.

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#11 posted 04-09-2012 05:10 PM

This is a bit of a bump, but if you’re still looking… We have a large selection of bowling alley lanes available, and we can ship to anywhere in the US.

Shoot me an email: contact [at] ecojacks [dot] com and we’ll see what we can do to help.

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