Prospecting for Wood #1: Sweating for Wood

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Blog entry by Paul posted 05-24-2007 03:04 AM 1031 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have access to a mountainous burn pile out behind the local John Deere implement dealer. Lots of pine and cedar, of course, but I’ve also found some hardwoods (oak, ash, poplar) mixed in among the dross before. Plan to gather up my safety glasses, cordless saw and extra battery, hammer and pry bars and go see what I can find tomorrow.

If successful, I’ll post a picture of my haul.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 05-24-2007 03:07 AM

Looking forward to seeing what you find. Good Luck.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-24-2007 03:20 AM

You suck! LOL…I can’t wait to see what you find!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-24-2007 03:47 AM

Good luck and happy hunting.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-24-2007 04:39 AM

Well, maybe not tomorrow. It might be the next day. Something came up for work at 9:15 p.m. this evening. :[

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#5 posted 05-24-2007 07:40 AM

I read in a book on using used lumber that you might find some exotic wood from Japanese motorcycle crates. H-D used to use some poplar, but I haven’t checked lately. You might find some real finds behind Jap bike shops, though.
Good luck salvaging!

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#6 posted 05-24-2007 02:41 PM

I’ve heard the same thing about any manufacturer that receives parts/product shipments from the far east. And most all of them do, now. But, I haven’t stumbled across anything like that yet.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#7 posted 05-24-2007 02:43 PM

never thought of that …. hmmm !!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 05-25-2007 06:54 PM

Wow, great find Paul. Let us know what you get. If you find enough of the good stuff, you can send some my way.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 04:08 AM

A couple of ways I find wood. Old dressers and furniture I find for free or $5 can have some good stuff in the drawer fronts and depending how old the piece is may be all hardwood. I found a dresser recently that had 5/4 solid cherry top. It was almost all cherry and maple, amazing what a planer will reveal. Another way is old doors, not sure about in the US but in Canada there are alot of red cedar doors available for the taking from door and window companies, ask first, a coffee and donut donation goes along way. I am using some leftover hardwood flooring right now to build granite top coffee tables, the name I think is Supiciro, it’s a Brazilian hardwood alot harder than our North American hardwood, very dark and very dense, best of all very cheap if you find a dealer that installs and brings back the bits and pieces. A little planing and glueing up and presto 3” square table legs and more. A litle imagination and being cheap in nature goes a long way

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