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PurpLev

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1899 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: maple workbench bowling free

thought someone might benefit from this:

Free for the taking in Hanover, MA – 10 bowling alleys are being taken out and put ouside in the dumpster. the panels are hardwood maple , 8’ x 3’ (x 3” thick) estimated weight at about 400lbs …

unfortunately I can’t get to it nor can’t physically get it into my car (weight) but maybe someone here might.

http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/zip/1177284391.html

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1899 days ago

One of these would be nice for a bench top once you get past the nails. I hope that someone can find a use for these. I would hate to see them go to a landfill.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1899 days ago

I agree, if it wasn’t for the 400lbs factor, I would go there right now and get 3 of those…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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BlankMan

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#3 posted 1898 days ago

One of my woodworking buddies had the same idea about making a bench out of a couple of those slabs, oh about 15 years ago. They’re still pieces of a bowling alley. I was tempted myself, but dealing with the nails, and flattening them in lieu of a wide planer or hauling them to a cabinet shops wide belt sander was not something I wanted to tackle. Figured I’d eventually make one from scratch. But I do hope somebody snarfs them up verses going to a landfill.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 1898 days ago

Aw, you’re killing me, Purp! I would love to get some bowling alley maple. And 8’x3’x3”!? Are you sure? I didn’t realize bowling lanes were so thick underneath. I’m guessing it’s all thin strips glued edge to edge, like 1×3 planks glued face-to-face on their 3” sides, stood on their edges. I’ve been a fan of some projects I’ve seen made of this stuff for awhile now, including this workbench and this table (from the bottom of this post – looks like it is 1×3s on their edges!), and these tables are fun, and very pretty. I hope all of it gets rescued.

This post on a bar that redid its floor in bowling lane wood links 2 places at the end that do reclaimed wood. They have some cool stuff. Oh, and our own Karson used some bowling lane material here to nice effect.

Thanks for alerting us! I wish I wasn’t so incredibly far away. I have a truck now that can tow almost 9000lbs! :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 1898 days ago

That’s exactly what I made my bench from. I wouldn’t do it again. Read my story:

Click for details

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 1898 days ago

Take your saw, cut, load, put back together in your shop!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 1893 days ago

Purp, I might head down there today with my truck. Wanna go with?

Jason

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doyoulikegumwood

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#8 posted 1893 days ago

dang it why didnt i see this post i was just thier and i have a tractor trailor grrrrrr

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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PurpLev

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#9 posted 1893 days ago

Thanks Jason – It’s awesome to get all the positive responses and offers – I must say, that although I’m used to the positive attitude on this site- I was happily surprised to get these offers to go with and pick those up!

awesome!

as I PMed you – I don’t need any more (can’t fit any more) but am willing to go there with you and help you load some.

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Jason White

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#10 posted 1893 days ago

Went down there today. Had been pretty well picked over.

Nothing but junk. An hour drive for nothing. SIGH…...

Oh well—thanks for the heads up.

Jason

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Jason White

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#11 posted 1893 days ago

I think I’m with you, Gary.

The slabs I looked at today were 1×3 maple alright, but each board had been nailed through into the piece beside it. Lots of gaps, too.

I suppose I could take them all apart, re-mill and re-glue them all together—but not without first removing about a ga-zillion nails first. Not worth my time.

Jason

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 1893 days ago

Sorry to hear that Jason.

for what it’s worth – now that I see those laminated floor slabs, I would have to agree with Gary that buying the lumber and building it from scratch would be LESS WORK and should cost around $100-$150 for maple (I believe)- I still am happy with the find, as I like the recycling idea a lot, and the story to add to the bench.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Gary Fixler

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#13 posted 1893 days ago

PurpLev – plus, you could just have hard maple 1×3s on the sides, and then, say, plywood, or poplar 1×2s across the middle, with a thin layer of hard maple 1×1 rips on top of them. Unless you really need it to all be maple to the core, you could probably save a small chunk of change by not having all 400lbs of it be maple.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 1893 days ago

that is true Gary. I think It was Moai which posted not too long ago about his search for a bench, and as he researched , only the top 3/4” or so needs to be hard lumber to take the beating, a 2” top is really more for the weight than for hardness. but I believe that doing all those laminations and layers, and aligning everything might be more work that it’s worth – easier to suffer the “cost” difference, and just go laminated maple all across (can be 2” thick – and only the skirts be 3”-4”).

P.S. for anyone new to the thread- here is the follow-up thread about our trip to pick some of those up

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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