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Armandhammer

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01-15-2014 06:08 PM

Ok, I’m not generally one to gloat but I figure in this hobby, my chances to gloat will be very far and few between. Plus this is too good not to share. Anyways…just a few shots of the load I brought home today. The vast majority of it I believe is just poplar so nothing special. I think a few of the thick boards on top are oak and pretty sure the huge slab is oak. The small stock on the table saw are also oak I think. I figure that will give me a life time supply of mallet handles. Not sure what the 4×4 stuff is…I think a mix of oak and poplar. I think I may get the legs for my bench from that pile. And stickers….stickers for life. All the stickers I used plus the ones left over in the pile are literally probably 1/1000th of what I can get a hold of. Heck…probably 1/10,000th. No joking.

Best part of all this…while the wood isn’t high quality or even hardwood….it was FREE!!!!!

So…I’ll have lots of stock to practice on and I see lots of poplar shop furniture in my future…lol


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 06:12 PM

That is awesome! Once you plane it, you may be surprised with how beautiful it can be. Maybe some nice furniture, not just shop furniture. Either way….....you suck

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Armandhammer

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 06:14 PM

Funny thing is…all that wood and not a tool to work it…lol…well…I have the table saw and some chisels but I don’t think that’ll get me too far.

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 06:18 PM

That’s awesome! I wish I could run into stuff like that, but there just isn’t much to go around here in the desert. Even the closest store is over 3.5 hrs away! Makes me wish I would have started this back when I was in the Midwest! Do I sound jealous? Cuz I really am!

-- Josh Yuma, AZ wannawoodwork.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 06:32 PM

My brother got me a no 4 handplane from a flea market and with that I planed everything on my workbench, and that was all pallet wood. I learned to use it out of necessity. And I still use it today for smoothing. Find something like that, start practicing. Or get a thickness planer.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Armandhammer

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 06:37 PM

Plan is to do as much of my woodworking as I can with hand tools. I mean I guess I could do all of it with hand tools if I wanted, but I’ll likely use a few power tools as needed…like the table saw. But I want to learn and do the majority by hand. I’m searching for some handplanes now. Scouring ebay, classifieds here, Craigslist…just trying to find the right ones for me.

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 06:40 PM

About 25 years ago my ex father in law gave me a desk that had been in his garage when he bought the house 50-60 years before.
The desk had dozens of coats of really bad paint, latex house paint, trim enamel, automotive paint… whatever he had to test got tested on that desk.
It also stored hundreds of sheets of sand paper for years and years.

I took it home, thinking I would make a work bench/assembly table type thing out of it, (I lived in an apartment then), and it sat for a few years.

One day I decided to see what it was made of so I started sanding and stripping it.

The drawers turned out to be all hand dovetailed, the desk surface had a piece of Masonite nailed to it with carpet tacks.

After getting it all cleaned up and stripped I found that it was tulip poplar with some really amazing figure. The top looked to be made from a split crotch, I couldn’t identify the brass hardware on it so I took it to the Uof L in Louisville, KY.
They identified it as being made in the early to mid 1860’s which made it civil war era and was probably built in southern Indiana near Corydon.
I never figured out how they determined that, but many years later I worked with an old master carpenter who looked at the hardware and he said it looked like the stuff his great great grandfather made. And his great great grandfather lived where? Elizabeth, IN.. just a short distance from Corydon, IN and right on the Ohio River where a lot of mills and furniture makers were. Elizabeth even had a couple of landing docks for the river boats that came by.

Bottom line: Don’t think that your poplar is just scrap, you will be really surprised how nice it looks when finished.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Armandhammer

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#7 posted 01-15-2014 06:59 PM

Great story. Thanks. Yeah, I’m excited to get a plane on some of this wood to see what’s hiding under the rough saw marks. I think some of it does have some potential…I just need to make sure it gets stored properly until I have the skills to do something with it. That oak slab has me really excited. It’s 3 1/2” thick and has about 90” x 12” of usable wood. Right now it’s all on the carport. Probably not ideal but at least it’s out of the rain and snow. I assume stickering each layer was the right thing to do?

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#8 posted 01-15-2014 07:11 PM

This hasn’t been repeated enough yet… you suck… :)

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Armandhammer

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 07:16 PM

hahaha…in this case….I’ll except that.

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 07:29 PM

I’m in the same boat as you. I started loading up on wood before I had the tools to work with it. Nothing wrong with that. It just gives you more reasons to get the time and tools to work with it. Or so my wife says about her fabric library (stockpile).

-- paxorion

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#11 posted 01-15-2014 07:32 PM

I have just two words “great haul”. Make that four words “you suck”.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Armandhammer

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#12 posted 01-15-2014 07:40 PM

haha…guess I shouldn’t rub salt in the wound but I’ll be heading back over there maybe this weekend and should be able to get another load about half as much as I got today. I might even get a truck load of the stickers. No idea what I’d do with them, but there’s 1000’s of them so why not. They’d make great kindling if nothing else.

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#13 posted 01-15-2014 07:45 PM

Very nice find with the wood. That would keep me busy for the year. If you need a fore plane I have two I’m looking to get rid of for a bargain.

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Armandhammer

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 07:50 PM

I need all planes…I don’t have a single one yet.

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#15 posted 01-15-2014 08:02 PM

One is a transitional plane that I have never used.
The other is a corrugated Montgomery Ward 1930ish (basically a Stanley). I was told that it needs a new rivet but not sure. Still works great, just not on a shooting board. After a dozen or so shaves I notice the blade slowly shifting.
If you are capable of doing the repairs and are still interested let me know and I could work on getting pics.

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