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Forum topic by AngieO posted 451 days ago 990 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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451 days ago

This is my latest score. I was told that this is “nothing” compared to what else they have. Of course some of the pieces are really thin… but who cares! It’s free wood.

The top boards were 2×8 and the bottoms are 3×6. I was told they are poplar. And that there is a truck load more. They aren’t very long. Can’t remember. But that doesn’t matter to me.

Some of this is treated lumber. Not sure what kind. I though they said it was yellow pine. But I wouldn’t know. It was like $3-4 a bd ft is what I think they told me. Was used for some deck project or pergola. I keep meaning to ask the actually people that bought it. These are the cutoffs and left overs. They passed the on to their brother and then to me.

Lots of pine in here.

And check this out… a building to store all the wood I want. I was told I could get 4-5 more truck loads if I want. The building is a perk from work. It’s huge. Like 2 1/2 car garage or something. Lots of room.

Any warnings or tips on dealing with that treated lumber??? Anything I should know? I was told not to burn it. LOL… AS IF I WOULD EVER DO THAT!!! And told to make sure I wear my mask when cutting it (which I already do anyways). But a repeat of the do’s and don’ts is always helpful.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 451 days ago

Anything treated after 2003 doesn’t have arsenic in it. You shouldn’t have anything but fun using normal precautions.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 451 days ago

Great score on the wood, many projects in your future !!!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#3 posted 451 days ago

Cool! That’s great. Because I have a few projects I’d like to make for my yard.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 451 days ago

I guess the new treated wood is better than the old Wolmanized that had arsenic in it. Great score. I always like half price or Free for everything. So fill up that building!! Keep it laying flat. If you lean it against the wall, it might bow or warp!.

i don’t know if all Home depots do this, but in Casa Grande, Az. they have a storage rack in the back of the store with a lot of boards painted green on the ends. they are cut off from larger boards and usually 48” at least in length. It could be 2×4, 2×10, 4×4 whatever and they are all 51 cents each. We used a lot of it for framing and i bought a ton of treated wood for ground contact for my deck I’m building next year.


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

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#5 posted 451 days ago

Jim… our Lowe’s doesn’t have anything cool like that. But I will check out the Home Depot the next time I’m up that way. (45 minutes away.. i live in a small town)

I laid some of the boards down the opposite direction to keep them from laying directly on the concrete. If we remain in this location I will build some lumber racks on the wall. The boss pretty much said the building is mine to use for whatever.

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#6 posted 451 days ago

Congrats on the wood

-- Norman

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#7 posted 450 days ago

I wish I could get a big pile of free lumber like that!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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#8 posted 450 days ago


Free lumber, and a free place to store it. What could be better?

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#9 posted 450 days ago

free wood,congrats.nice score.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 450 days ago

12/4 freebies! Wow! Now THAT is what I call a score! Well done Angie, and free storage to boot… 8-)

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

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#11 posted 450 days ago

Looks like you are going to be one busy little woodworker, Angie!

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

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#12 posted 450 days ago

Now I have wood envy!.. Lucky you!

-- Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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#13 posted 450 days ago

Even the newer presser treated wood is pretty corrosive on tools isn’t it? Never tried it, I’ve just seen warnings. Even if you only used the untreated wood, that’s a heck of a score though. Plus a place to keep it all, hard to beat that.

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#14 posted 449 days ago

I’ve been pretty lucky in getting lots of free wood. I don’t have the money to spend on a lot of wood and any money I have gotten I’ve been able to get on some nicely priced used tools instead.

LOL… got me another score today. It was great! And picked up a little belt sander and an electric skil saw. I’m going to be a busy girl in the shop. :)

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#15 posted 448 days ago

That first photo is enough to make me drool. I think poplar gets a bad rap as a cheap material. It’s soft enough to be easily workable, but still hard and fine-grained enough to give a good planed surface at the same time. Unlike most pine that’s just plain too soft. It can have some nice understated character if you have a good eye for design.

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