What do you do with your warped 2x4?

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Forum topic by Oosik posted 11-12-2013 08:58 PM 2106 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2013 08:58 PM

I left some pine 2×4 and 2×6 in my garage and a few warped and twisted pretty badly. I was going to pick up straight ones when I got around to starting a table I’m building.

So what do you do?

I was thinking just playing around testing tools and techniques, but it’s always nice to not waste lumber.

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#1 posted 11-12-2013 09:18 PM

I keep some scrap for trial-and-error exercises, but I list most of my unneeded construction-grade materials for free on Craigslist. I’ve had no problem finding people to take huge piles of cutoffs, warped lumber/plywood, etc. The material gets used, and I don’t have to do anything other than put it at the end of my driveway.

Plus if you need more scrap for testing, you can get 4’ lengths of 2×4 from the cull bin at the BORG for like $0.50 each.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#2 posted 11-12-2013 09:21 PM

Framing lumber, wall cleats. You can often nail/screw that stuff straight enough when it’s not for show. Cutting them to shorter boards makes it easier to get rid of the warping – you’ll lose some dimension but it’s not out of the question to joint/plane them perfectly straight.

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#3 posted 11-12-2013 09:32 PM

I harvest the BTUs

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#4 posted 11-12-2013 09:35 PM

I keep them clamped together to prevent warping.

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