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Forum topic by Eddie posted 05-08-2013 04:11 PM 871 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eddie

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05-08-2013 04:11 PM

Hi guys,

There is an ad for a free solid wood entertainment center on craigslist.
I had the idea to get it and resaw it into pieces for a future project.

But I am new to wood working and have no idea if this wood would be worth it?

Can anyone tell what type of wood this is?

here is the link to the ad and another to a walk-around video:

http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/zip/3784986807.html
http://youtu.be/LBOF8hMPBXw

Thank you!


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DS

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 04:18 PM

That sir, is Southern Red Oak.

EDIT: After looking closer at the video (0:53), the shelves are a particle board core veneer with a solid edging only.
If that is the construction of the entire piece, (very likely), there is not as much solid wood there as it would seem.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Eddie

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 04:20 PM

Thank you!

Is that a decent hardwood to work with? Think it would be worth my time?

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 04:25 PM

Well, I cannot say what useful salvage you’d get from it, but, if you were to attempt to build this same unit, you’d be spending about $250 on materials.

Since it might very likely be PB, you probably won’t be making end grain cutting boards with it.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 04:28 PM

if its solid wood, free, and easy to get, its worth picking up, even if you wind up using it for ship gigs and the like.

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Eddie

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 04:31 PM

@DS- Thanks again for the reply, I have to ask though, what is PB? Particle Board? If so, the seller mentions that it is solid wood so I would hope that wouldnt be the case. Sorry if I am misunderstanding.

EDIT- saw your edit to the first post! I understand now. thank you!

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Enoelf

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 05:03 PM

I agree with DS, those shelves are particle board with veneer. Most likely all the large panels (sides, top, etc) will be the same type of material rendering very little actual wood in this cabinet.

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 05:49 PM

I agree with most of the comments as the shelves are particle board with veneer and if the shelves are built like that, then I bet the rest is, too. There might be some solid wood on the front edges that might be worth something for another project. If it is particle board all around, you can use it for jigs and such, like what Don W said. The slats in the tambore doors are solid wood. Oh, by the way, it looks like oak. If it was me, and I’m cheap, excuse me, thrifty, I’d pick it up since it’s free.

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DS

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 06:27 PM

Red Oak was very popular for cabinets, and modular furniture and had some kind of desirable “status” in the late 70’s, 80’s and even the early to mid 90’s. After that, it became cliche’ and outdated. People started coming in saying, “any material but Oak”.

As far as workability, it is a decent wood. It is fairly hard and stable and is fairly durable. It is an open grained wood that can wreak havoc when finishing if there are heavy grain variations, or if one panel is sanded to a different grit than another. It doesn’t “paint” well, due to the openess of the grain, and I cringe every time I see a TV show that advocates painting Oak to “improve” a home. (The process is ok, it’s the end result that looks bad IMHO)

If you are making shop cabinets it might be just the ticket for some basic storage around the shop.
And you can’t really argue with “free”.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 10:10 PM

Solid wood – as opposed to MDF.

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