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Forum topic by AngieO posted 05-27-2013 02:17 AM 1228 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AngieO

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05-27-2013 02:17 AM

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 05-27-2013 02:22 AM

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.

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 02:23 AM

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 05-27-2013 02:26 AM

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

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 02:28 AM

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

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AngieO

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 02:36 AM

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 05-27-2013 02:38 AM

Congrats on the wood

-- Norman

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 03:52 AM

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

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 12:30 PM

Nice DOUBLE SCORE!

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

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 12:57 PM

free wood,congrats.nice score.

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#10 posted 05-27-2013 01:14 PM

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 05-27-2013 02:01 PM

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

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

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 12:39 AM

Now I have wood envy!.. Lucky you!

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#13 posted 05-28-2013 01:13 AM

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 05-28-2013 03:12 AM

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 05-29-2013 07:47 PM

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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