Hi, my name is Dan and I am a wood hoarder

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Blog entry by Dan posted 09-29-2010 08:18 PM 3318 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am one of those guys who tends to collect wood, even if its not in the best of shape or size. I find myself taking any wood I can get my hands on, especially if it is free. Whether I burn it for heat or use it for woodworking, I just cant pass up the chance to have more wood.

So a few days ago I get news that a guy I know is tearing his old deck off the house and putting in a new one. After talking to him I learned that his old deck was made all out of redwood. He said he was going to be cutting up the boards and taking them to the dump.. I quickly let him know that I would be more then interested in taking the boards. I couldn’t let him cut up an 18 foot redwood deck and haul to the dump. I always like the reaction I get when I show interest in wood that most people think is junk. On the outside it may be ugly and worn but its amazing what a little planing can do. So last night I went and picked up the wood. I filled my trailer with a couple dozen 18ft 2×6 redwood deck planks. Thats not all though. After my trailer was loaded he asked me if I was interested in some scrap wood that has been in boxes for the past 20 or 30 years. I couldn’t say no, so I loaded up about a dozen or so large boxes of assorted scraps and cut offs. Why not? its free.

So I get the wood home and realize I have a problem. The lumber racks in my shop are full and I all ready have tubs, bins and boxes full of cut offs. So my next project is to clear some junk from one of my storage sheds and add some lumber racks so I can have more wood storage. Luckily winter is just around the corner and many of the cut offs will get burned for heat.

As for the redwood, I was curious and excited to see how it would look once it was planed down so I couldn’t help myself from testing a piece when I got home. I cut off a small piece in between the nail holes and planed the end and face of the board clean and flat. Then I trimmed it down a little by ripping on the table saw. Finally I re-sawed it on the TS to get a nice thin board. Also just for the sake of seeing how a little finish would look, I rubbed some tung oil on one side and let it dry over night. The picture below is what I ended up with. To think he was going to cut this up and bring to the dump… Is he crazy? Or am I crazy taking the time and effort to give this wood life again?


-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 08:36 PM

He’s the one thats crazy … redwood .. to the dump ? Im a wood hoarder myself and i love to old and nasty stuff, especially when it pops out the other end of the planer and looks like nothing you have ever used before. Keep on reclaimin!!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 08:43 PM

Hello, My name is Patrick and I am a wood (among other things) hoarder too. “One mans trash is another man’s treasure”! I taught woodshop in public school for 32 years and started a very long time collecting and recycling wood and many other items. I still do it now for myself even thought I am retired.

-- Patrick, Long Beach, California

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 10:17 PM

Yes your crazy, for not calling us first. Now your punishment is having to make more lumber racks. LOL Are you a hoarder or just a human termite that collects wood to devour? Great catch, the little redwood I’ve worked with was a pleasure to play with. Yes I have your problem as well, so whether we be hoarders or human termites we need more lumber storage. Its not unusual for people to haul off wood like this. Can’t tell you how many buildings I’ve torn down for the lumber alone.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 02:07 AM

Hi Dan, my name is Scott and I am also a wood hoarder. :)

Here is what I picked up at an auction last night:

This is about 400 bf of primarily 8/4 cherry, oak and walnut. My lumber rack is full and I have about this much in my attic. I really didn’t need it but with the walnut and cherry going for $0.30 a foot and the oak for $1.00 I just couldn’t help myself.

I don’t blame you for salvaging the redwood. It is some pretty wood and will make some nice projects. Much better than letting it rot in the dump. Nice score.

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

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 02:36 AM

My name is Charlton and I’m also a wood hoarder. Down to the even little scraps. You are crazy for taking the time to bring the wood back to life so send it to me so that I save you from being crazy.

Nice score!

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 03:13 AM

Well you have just completed the first step(admitting you are a hoarder) of a twelve step program for wood hoarders.
Now, the other eleven involves calling up your buddies and passing some of this wood on to them.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 04:50 AM

Er, My name is Dave & I don’t hoard wood per se. I hoard sawdust…... Did I mention I LOVE 3D jigsaw puzzles?

From the southern end of the of the Redwood Empire, Northern California

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 05:46 AM

I have some wood that i moved to my shop 20 years ago, but I tend to use wood about as fast as i get it. However, if I had your luck or opportunity, I’m sure i would go for it. Enjoy the redwood and make some very beautiful. I sometimes hear of wood hoarders and hope to meet one sometime who has to get rid of some!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 03:48 PM

I, too, tend to collect wood :-) The fact is that I always look for a piece of wood matching the length of what I intend to build (I don’t like cutting a longer plank…)

-- Antonio

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 04:25 PM

I confess. I also have the addiction.. Cherry from Quebec, OLD packing crate from the Vanciouver waterfront, don’t even know what the wood is but it’s hard, grainy and rough sawn.. chunks of plywood, old fence boards, prunings from the yard, cherry, russian olive, western ash..
AND !..I think the rough in for the washroom off my shop’s about to become a formal wood storage are..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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