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Wood, what I use, where I get it #1: Dunnage

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Blog entry by PASs posted 03-29-2014 04:40 AM 3999 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A lot of my projects are made from dunnage.
According to Wikipedia: “Typically dunnage is inexpensive or waste material used to protect and load securing cargo during transportation. “

The dunnage I use was shipped in from India to brace steel radio transmission towers.
The pieces are roughly 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches and either 24 or 36 inches long.
Right now I have a stack of about 750 pieces at the end of my lathe.
It’s 36 by 36 inches and about 7 feet tall, with the pieces stacked tightly together.
I have another stack of the 24 inch pieces that is 24 inches tall and 3 feet wide.

As best I can determine, the wood is offcuts from the Indian furniture industry. Most of the pieces are the heart of the core. Others have large knots, or cracks. All defects that are not desirable for fine furniture making.

The wood is apparently from africa, the mid-east, and the far-east.
I’ve pulled pieces, of acacia, ebony, mahogany, teak, marare, and movingui.

I try to keywork all my projects that are from dunnage, so you can do a search to find them.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."



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NormG

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 06:32 PM

Great idea, I have never heard of this before but it makes a lot of sense. I love to use pallet wood

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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TreeBones

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 07:53 PM

Dunnage is great. I have made some cool projects and seen plenty of great wood come out of pallets and shipping containers. Got Photos?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://www.portablesawmill.info

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Roger

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 11:58 PM

Git er done Pete. Recycle. I like the eye candy you produce.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 12:59 AM

My very favorite box was made from railroad dunnage. My best dunnage/pallet find was some beeswing eucalyptus!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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PASs

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 02:38 AM

Ron,
do a search for ‘dunnage’ in the Lumberjocks search and a lot of the projects listed are mine.
You can also see some of my work on google+ under Perry Summers

If the link doesn’t work drop me a line and I’ll try it a different way.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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stefang

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 04:00 PM

I’m glad you are saving this valuable timber for your projects Pete. In my mind it is shameful to just throw away such remnants.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 04:20 AM

Being a learner woodworker I constantly use recycled timber to “prove” concepts.

Some go in the bin, and some remain as “nice Looking items” well anyway I think so !!

So we can all do our bit for the environment if we want.!!

Being in a semi industrial area I can do a Sunday Drive and return with a ute load without a worry
PVC, Plexiglass, EPE. MDF, HDF. Hardwood, softwood, plastics, laminate, various sheet material all dumped and recoverable.
Not forgetting the hardware that you can recover as well Tee nuts and bolts.

Mind you there is not lots of the same type and you need the equipment, 9and the time) to finish them to a workable product but that’s the fun of it.

-- Regards Rob

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RufoTamales

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#8 posted 11-06-2020 05:50 PM

Hello there, i came across this thread because i’am (self)learning to woodwork on my spare time, hopefully i will get good enough to make a profit or even a living out of it. In my area (Mexico) i came across this dealer of this heavy, hard, light colored wood, it is dunnage and it has a stamp from India. The seller asks for $15 pesos (around US 75cents) a piece (2”x4”x3’) which is cheap for my area, specially for what i looks like ash. As i progress with my skill, i would like to offer my works knowing which wood and what it was used for, but seller doesn’t tell much, only that it was used for cargo (they look pretty clean though). Do anyone of you guys know how to effectively identify this wood? (I ordered a moisture detector for the sake of calculating the density more accurately).
Thank you very much for your attention n__n
PS. I love to recycle-reuse wood for my learning situation, but most wood is pine so i would like to know if this is actually a hardwood :D

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 11-07-2020 04:35 AM



Hello there, i came across this thread because i am (self)learning to woodwork on my spare time, hopefully i will get good enough to make a profit or even a living out of it. In my area (Mexico) i came across this dealer of this heavy, hard, light colored wood, it is dunnage and it has a stamp from India. The seller asks for $15 pesos (around US 75cents) a piece (2”x4”x3 ) which is cheap for my area, specially for what i looks like ash. As i progress with my skill, i would like to offer my works knowing which wood and what it was used for, but seller doesn t tell much, only that it was used for cargo (they look pretty clean though). Do anyone of you guys know how to effectively identify this wood? (I ordered a moisture detector for the sake of calculating the density more accurately).
Thank you very much for your attention n__n
PS. I love to recycle-reuse wood for my learning situation, but most wood is pine so i would like to know if this is actually a hardwood :D

- RufoTamales

It would help if you had a picture or 2 or 3… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?media/albums/users/joe-lyddon.1389/

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PASs

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#10 posted 11-08-2020 01:07 AM

The dunnage I have:

Canes made from dunnage:

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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