Guilty of dumpster diving..

  • Advertise with us

« back to Coffee Lounge forum

Forum topic by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-14-2012 12:29 PM 2957 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 2214 days

09-14-2012 12:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor cherry dumpster diving

Howdy Lumberjocks,

I was picking up my hard wood floor order at Lumber Liquidators yesterday. I was at the back door waiting on the loading ramp. The door opened and I had to get out of the way of the fork lift. The fork lift swang toward me again so I got out of the way again. This put me right next to their dumpster. I took a quick peek inside and saw this.

Well I loaded my new flooring and asked the fork lift driver if I could have the hunk of wood. He said sure!! Take whatever. He drove the lift back in and I went to retrieve the board. This time I got a closer look. I found approximately 30 – 40 square feet of this 5/8 solid hard wood scattered around all over the place in that dumpster. I thought about for a while and pulled out what I could from the open access door but most of the stuff was unreachable.

I did what I haven’t ever done before. I hauled myself into the dumpster and started pulling pieces out right and left. Oh man – I was praying no one would drive by. I’m pretty sure a security camera was recording me and my jolly escapade.

Does this look like Cherry? That’s my guess.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

23 replies so far

View CharlieM1958's profile


16275 posts in 4244 days

#1 posted 09-14-2012 12:36 PM

Great scoree!

Looks kinda like jatoba (Brazilian cherry).

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View chrisstef's profile


17426 posts in 3032 days

#2 posted 09-14-2012 12:49 PM

Nothing wrong with a little dumpster salvage, actually, im proud of you! I see box tops in your future.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

View HorizontalMike's profile


7758 posts in 2940 days

#3 posted 09-14-2012 12:50 PM

What happened to that half-eaten cheeseburger in there?

”Yew stay outa’ ma’ dumpsta’, ya’ heer?”


-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

View muleskinner's profile


896 posts in 2462 days

#4 posted 09-14-2012 12:57 PM

I’m thinking that the greater embarrassment among LumberJocks would have been not diving into the dumpster to save that wood.

-- Visualize whirled peas

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1712 posts in 2214 days

#5 posted 09-14-2012 01:11 PM

There’s nothing wrong with rescuing wood from the trash. after all, you had permission.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

5911 posts in 3220 days

#6 posted 09-14-2012 01:40 PM

Stellar job on saving the wood, Mark…..Actually, it was probably stolen and the thieves had to make a quick get-a-way, so they pitched it in the dumpster, and had planned to come back and get it later when noone was around…...They figured out how to make a “quick buck” by selling it to some unsuspecting woodworker, and stashing it in the dumpster, but it looks like you spoiled that deal… favorite word…...Free…...!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

View SnowyRiver's profile


51457 posts in 3506 days

#7 posted 09-14-2012 01:57 PM

Yep, noticed the securtiy video on YouTube….ha ha ha…just kidding…great get…always good to keep your eyes open to things like that.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View GrandpaLen's profile


1650 posts in 2298 days

#8 posted 09-14-2012 03:12 PM


That is no longer a Dumpster.’s a ‘Saved for Mark – Collection Box’.
Just think of all the money you will save them by keeping that box empty so they don’t have to pay to have it hauled away.

Kudos from Mother Nature for saving that wood!

‘Collect Safely and have Fun’. – Grandpa Len ;-)

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

View Surfside's profile


3389 posts in 2199 days

#9 posted 09-14-2012 03:31 PM

Nice save! You’re a certified wood saver now, Mark! Hey, watch out! The FBI’s going to your house tonight. lol

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

View oldnovice's profile


6899 posts in 3394 days

#10 posted 09-14-2012 05:12 PM

Are you going back to that dumpster for other finds? If they dumped some once, I am sure they will do it again! How can anyone consider that to be dumpster worthy material? Until it is sawdust it’s usable wood!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

20594 posts in 3131 days

#11 posted 09-14-2012 05:33 PM

Hey, that is recycling at its best. Totally politically correct now that the politicians support it.

Way to go. Mark that place on your GPS for regular visits and wave to the camera holding sign saying “RECYCLER”

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 2214 days

#12 posted 09-14-2012 08:49 PM

My friends – thanks for all the replys and humor. I will be making rounds, in blue jeans, tough old shirt, hard soled – steel toed boots with work gloves going up to my elbows.

I’ll take my portable spotlight with me and save the world one tree branch at a time.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View BentheViking's profile


1782 posts in 2590 days

#13 posted 09-15-2012 04:57 AM

how wide is it? is it handscraped or smooth finished? it is prefinished right? was there any other identifying info such as a product number or something? if you get that to me I’ll look it up at work and tell you exactly what you have.

Congrats on your new floor. Which one did you get? I hope you like it. Let me know if you have any questions about it.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

View MarkTheFiddler's profile


2068 posts in 2214 days

#14 posted 09-16-2012 03:04 AM

Howdy Ben.

Living room is an engineered teak closeout at $2.29. I went for price but I love the variation. Here is where I’m at.

I had my heart on the hand scraped Bella acacia natural. I just like to pay cash and the budget wasn’t there. I’ve got a lot more house to refurb. I settled.

It’s going down pretty easy. No complaints. Out of 9 boxes, 1 plank was damaged. I just kept my eye on it and when I got the right measurment, I finished a row, cut 2 inches off and started a new row with it. I will send the damaged 2 inches in for a 16 cent refund. ;)

The dumpster find – smooth finish, 4 1/4 X 11/16 thick, 3 V shaped grooves on the backside running the length. I’m going to make a dodeahedrom cocktail table out of it. I have never seen one. It should be quite the showpiece. I am pretty sure it’s Brazilian wood and I’m guessing cherry.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

View BentheViking's profile


1782 posts in 2590 days

#15 posted 09-16-2012 03:20 AM

Very nice…not sure what you have…kinda odd sizing for us, but there are many products that i never even here of, let alone ever see. The Virginia Mills Tobacco Road that your referring to is a very nice floor but not really available anywhere else and is usually running with a lean inventory as its one of our most popular floors. I think it may have gone on sale once for like $0.10 off. Better start saving your pennies!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

showing 1 through 15 of 23 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics