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Farrout

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457 days ago

I had an idea of using old coffee table tops for lumber for boxes I want to make.
I found one at a flea market yesterday and brought it home.

Since it is oval shaped, I tacked a temp straight edge so I could run it through the table saw.

I tried to match one of the glue up lines, but on the other end, the joint didn’t match.

Anyway, this is what I ended up with after I ran it through the planer.
Any idea what this stuff is made of?

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 457 days ago

I’d say birch, hard to say from the picture, maybe maple.

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muleskinner

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#2 posted 457 days ago

cherry, maybe? Or alder?

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#3 posted 457 days ago

Looks like cherry to me, but I’m no expert, (big understatement). A great source of quality wood that is well dried out and stable. We don’t have much of that here. If it’s solid wood it’s an antique otherwise it is veneered chipboard. Should make an excellent box, but I would also resaw it to 1/2” thick as this thickness seems to look best for most boxes, at least to me. The leftover from the resaw could be used to make in inner tray for the box. Sorry, I’m just babbling. Have fun.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Farrout

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#4 posted 457 days ago

Babble on. No problem.
Antique is an interesting word. Kind of like retirement.
It’s old enough to be solid wood, but hopefully not old enough to be antique, otherwise I just destroyed an antique!
I ran the first piece through the planer and got it down to 1/2”.
I cut up the rest of the top into 2.5” wide pieces and I’ll resaw/plane them down to 3/8” and 1/2”.
Thanks
Dennis

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redSLED

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#5 posted 457 days ago

Yep. Exactly what I would’ve done.

Maple I say.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Farrout

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#6 posted 457 days ago

Here is the result of the day’s work.

Approximately 22 feet of 2 1/4×3/8 boards.
Approximately the same amount of scrap after the resaw.

Now for some practice with the dove tail jig.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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coachmancuso

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#7 posted 457 days ago

Do you live right in Tampa? I live in Lakeland and I bought a coffee table just like that for 2.00 at a community yard sale I love it here, not retired but that will do

-- Coach Mancuso

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Farrout

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#8 posted 457 days ago

Yes, I live in Citrus Park.
I paid $20 and my wife laughed at me. She said I should have talked them down.
Oh well, lots to learn.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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WDHLT15

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#9 posted 456 days ago

I agree that it is maple.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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richardwootton

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#10 posted 456 days ago

I’d listen to Mr. Mizer, he always nails it.

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