Reclaimed wood score: old mahogany

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Blog entry by AaronK posted 10-05-2009 02:58 PM 6889 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this pile of lumber at a yard sale for $20. actually i forgot (!) to pick up 4 of the longest, cleanest boards, which i’ll do tonight. it’s old mahogany trim that was ripped out of an Eagles club. lots of paint and nails on it. by mass about half of it is more usable ~3/4” stock that is about 6’x5”. the other half is thinner angled trim – presumably from door frames. it’s going to require a lot of work – and this is my first time using reclaimed stuff – but the wood underneath is straight grained and dry, and i estimate about 75 bdft – a bit less once it’s all cleaned up and useful. this will be my winter project i guess!

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 03:07 PM

Good score on the Mahogany!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 03:10 PM

congrats! looks like is has plenty of usable material

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 06:42 PM

nice haul.

Quick question from a novice…

Can you run painted/finished wood through a planer and jointer without doing harm to blades, rollers, etc? I’ve seen some nice wood that was heavily painted and I passed on it thinking it was too much trouble to strip… but then, since it had to be machined to reflatten, etc… I wondered about simply running the paint through the machines?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 07:05 PM

no clue. although i’m gonna guess no. i’m going to try to scrape it off, possibly with a little help from a paint stripper first.

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 07:12 PM

Al you can run wood with paint through the planer but you might dull the blades a little faster. Just make sure that there is not imbedded materials in the wood.

A nice catch on the mahogany.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-05-2009 07:14 PM

I have put painted wood through a planer and it removes it no prob’s. like Karson said watch for foreign objects .I bought one of these small metal detectors for jobs like this.I don’t put anything through which makes that little beauty squeel. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 10-05-2009 07:18 PM

really!? without gumming things up rotten?

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 01:45 AM

I’d bet that paint is old and dry, I’m sure you probably wouldn’t want to put something that was recently painted through it (the latex would probably still be stretchy and gum things up).

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 03:08 AM

What a great find. Lots of value in that pile.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 10-06-2009 06:15 AM

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