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Salvaged lumber table top #1: Found lumber in the woods

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Blog entry by RBurke83 posted 09-27-2018 08:19 PM 737 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I bought a house about a year ago and while walking around the property I found this fairly large piece of lumber that was partially sunken into the forest floor. After more inspection I decided to remove it today with the goal of a massively thick three slab dining room table top. The board is, after cutting off about 18” that was damaged at the end, 21’3/4” long, 14.5” wide, and 4.5” thick. After I determined it wasn’t cedar (I sometimes build kayaks), i cut it into three 7’ 1/4” pieces. Each piece weighs about 300lbs, I believe it’s pine. Looks pretty old, definitely part of an old house or some other structure, had a bunch of boards nailed to it at some point. Anyway, just looking for some advice or direction from other woodworkers on how to best go about this process. Thanks, also anyone who may be able to better identify the species by picture please feel free to take a stab at it.



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Andybb

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#1 posted 09-27-2018 11:52 PM

Looks like it could have started life as a rough cut 2×8. Sooooo…..plane it or resaw a small section and see what’s inside! Let’s see if it’s a nice find or firewood. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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NormG

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#2 posted 09-28-2018 02:57 AM

Congrats almost free wood (it came along with the purchase of the house) is always good. One this size is definately a keeper for some project.

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

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RBurke83

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#3 posted 09-28-2018 10:57 AM

Yea I guess there’s only one way to find out. Gonna let it dry for a while though, any tips on how long? They’re more than twice as heavy as I expected from looking at them

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Andybb

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#4 posted 09-28-2018 06:46 PM



Yea I guess there’s only one way to find out. Gonna let it dry for a while though, any tips on how long? They’re more than twice as heavy as I expected from looking at them

- RBurke83


Not sure how long to let them dry. Harbor Freight sells an inexpensive moisture meter. Water is probably contributing to the weight. Good luck.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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greg48

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 04:03 PM

If you lived on the left coast, by the color and grain of the end section I would say it was Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Excellent construction lumber, grain not so interesting.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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