Prospecting for Wood #5: Latest Haul

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Blog entry by Paul posted 03-07-2009 08:14 PM 5080 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stopped by the burn pile a couple times this past week and cut away boards until my two batteries ran down (about an hour total). Spent a couple of hours this morning cleaning them up a bit. (Be careful that you get all the nails out & I did this time.)

Left to right: Poplar, White Oak and Red Oak . . . The Poplar was somewhat of a mystery in the rough form at the burn pile. But there were some large, fairly clear pieces to be had. So I cut three or four out of the pile. Cleaned up nice and I might go back for more.

Not primo, of course, but decent for small projects working around the nail holes, knots and defects. Also, with experience, you gain an eye for what will clean up and what to leave in the pile.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 11:58 PM

That’s a pretty good haul from a burn pile. That will give you plenty of lumber to make some sawdust with. Congrats on your find.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 01:52 AM

great find! that will make all those hand planes work for their money.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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