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mIps

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04-06-2014 04:35 AM

A neighbor was getting rid of some old shelves made with 2×4’s that were covered plywood that was glued and screwed down. I was able to get all the screws out and peel off the plywood but it did not come off cleanly. I was hoping not have to try to chisel the plywood shrapnel off of all the 2×4’s (there’s about 15 of them) and was thinking of running the “good” edge against the fence of my table saw to try to saw off the bits of plywood that were left behind.
Does this seem like a reasonable solution or is there a better/faster method that I’m missing?

Thanks in advance.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.


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hoosier0311

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#1 posted 04-06-2014 07:11 AM

I do alot of work with pallet lumber, and I have done what you are talking about many times. You can also put an 80 grit disc on an angle grinder and chew the glue and plywood with that. Keep in mind that glue will reak havoc on the saw blade, I have a steel one I use for such things, easy to sharpen with the cheapo HF circ blade sharpener, and if I miss a nail or a screw and find it when sparks fly it’s no big deal.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 01:19 PM

I think you’d be okay doing that, but definitely be sure all the metal has been removed. behoosier0311, I have looked at the blade sharpener you mentioned you have, how well does it work for you & what’s the maximum blade diameter it will take?

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 02:03 PM

I’ve done it many times myself. I use all the reclaimed lumber I can. Like stated, just make sure the metal is all gone.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 05:10 PM

I like reusing stuff but there comes a point one needs to step back and think is the effort really worth it. 2×4s ?

I will reuse 2×4s but not if I have to spend any time scraping glue, potentially damaging a saw blade, etc.. They just are too cheap to mess with and quick trip to construction site usually scores better stuff if one is die hard reclaiming stuff.

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mIps

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 05:13 AM

All, thanks for the info, I did it and it worked great! After sawing off the plywood shards I hit all the long edges with my router and a 1/4 roundover bit. This was just the ticket for my project.
Travis, while I understand your point, as I am currently struggling to afford to eat, EVERY penny counts.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 12:14 PM

I know sometimes when I think about what something costs, it doesn’t always have to be cost effective to be worthwhile. If I’m honing a skill or just trying to learn something new, it’s often worth it to use what many would consider wood that wouldn’t be worth anyone’s time, just for the sake of not destroying something expensive. The old saying used to be “A penny saved is a penny earned”, that’s no longer true, with taxes and the effort to earn that penny, a penny saved is more like 1.2 pennies earned!

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 05:09 PM

Hi Jim here,

When I was in remodeling we used to run across an occasional mobile home with damaged particle board floors. When particle board gets wet it bows up between the joists.

We would cut out between the 2×6 joists and chisel off the particle board that was glued on top of the joists. To remove the glue we would use a side grinder with a very rough cutting disc or in some cases a belt sander with rough discs. This works great and its fast. For 2×4’s you don’t need them to be that clean for reuse and you would save your table saw blade. Jim Houston

-- Jim, Tanner Williams, AL, http://www.squidoo.com/dewalt-table-saw

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hoosier0311

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#8 posted 04-10-2014 03:24 PM

Bigblockyeti, The HF sharpener works well for what it is. It comes with a diamond wheel for carbides and an emory wheel for steel. The indexing set up is a tad flimsy, I stiffenned it up with some steel washers. I would not try to sharpen a ridge carbide or a forrest with it, but to keep a couple of cheapo blades ready to process pallets it works very well. I have sharpened 7 1/4 circ blades as well as my 10 inchers for the table saw. I dont have any 12 inch so I have never tried that, but a 12 inch blade would fit. (I havent tried anything samller than 7 1/4 either)

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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