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Forum topic by AngieO posted 08-06-2013 10:28 PM 3727 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2013 10:28 PM

Can you believe this was in the “burn pile”??? Why would they throw this away?

Of course… I saved them a match and kindly hauled it away to my garage where I have nice plans for it. :)

Kids go back to school tomorrow. Life has been crazy busy the last two weeks and I’m hoping it will calm down after tomorrow and I can get in some shop time. :)

That’s alot of 2×4’s. Plus there are 5 more that are 10’ that I put up in the rafters. Tomorrow the sawdust is going to fly!!!

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 10:33 PM

What is that, yellow pine? Good framing wood, but not the best choice for much of anything else. But hey if they’re straight.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 10:38 PM

Those construction sites do waist lots of good wood. I built my work benches and the shelving in my shop with burn pile wood from construction sites. Just goes to show you when they are making big money off people the scraps are not worth the time it takes to deal with it.
But it’s a win for you! nice find Angie! Can’t wait to see what you make with it.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 10:54 PM

great save’ve been racking up on the reclaimed wood lately.can’t wait to see what you make also….

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 11:14 PM

Good score on the wood…...Stellar job on obsconding with it…..Never let good wood go to waste, if you can…....Just let the wood “talk” to you…it’ll tell you want you want, sooner or later…....

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

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#5 posted 08-06-2013 11:17 PM

Well… I certainly won’t be making any “fine” furniture with it… But I did make this out of the last load. Which was about 7-8 2”x4×10’s.

I plan on making another one to match and a table. Got the plans from JSB on here.
Actually… I’m going to make a total of 4 chairs and 2 tables. One set is going to be for me and the other set is going to be donated to a local family who is trying to raise money for their daughter who has CF and needs a new wheelchair. They are having a big fundraiser. I’m hoping to have them done in time. And of course… there’s plenty there. So I have some shop items I’m going to make as well. :)

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 11:21 PM

Nice find. The legs for this coffee table are made from 2x’s that have been glued together then planed down and chamfered. The frame rails were 2×4’s also. They stained up nice.

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 11:31 PM

I like that table! Neat idea. Looks great!

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 11:48 PM

Thrown away? That looks like 1/2 of a garage. I can’t believe it. Just bought a few 2 x bys for a new lathe stand and paid a small fortune. Great find for you and jealousness from me. Need a partner to help you pick up the wood?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 08-07-2013 12:23 AM

Good work. That is the reason why we are around… to extend life on those wood. Here are some of the projects I made before out of pine from containers, palettes and crates.


You are so lucky to have those. Just be careful with the embeded nails. I will be looking forward on what will come out from it.

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 12:27 AM

All I can say is that after taking a planer to YP 2x’s they sure look and act like furniture quality wood, especially if you take them down to 1x or 3/4in finished. It is amazing what lies within these types of freebies!

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

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 01:12 AM

The first set I didn’t throw them in the planer. I just took three of those shorter boards and cut them down for a table (also plans from JSB). The legs got cut down to 1.5” squares. Now they look nice and shiny… So I threw the rest of the pieces in the planer as well so they would all match :). Also… So I didn’t have to do much sanding.

These boards have no nails or staples in them. They are from a barge making company. They recieve large sheets of metal and these are the spacers. They have black smudges all over them from this. Took a sander to the chair I made and it comes off pretty easy (but with the planer I don’t have to sand as much)

Just came in to grab a drink and put the kiddos to bed. Tomorrow is their first day of school. Then life can return to normal and I can get more shop time in :)

Thanks for the comments.

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 01:18 AM

Great score Angie!

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#13 posted 08-07-2013 02:07 AM

What’s one man’s trash, is AngieO’s treasure!.... Good haul Angie!

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#15 posted 08-07-2013 05:02 AM

Jeffboat? Nice score, I grab wood like that all the time but never in such bulk, I go by our our company’s repair barge occasionally and grab pallets and various shipping crates and use them for many smaller projects.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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