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Salvaged lumber table top #2: More salvaged lumber...from underwater

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Blog entry by RBurke83 posted 04-16-2019 02:23 AM 631 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I saw this large piece of wood with obvious signs of being worked protruding from the stream bank behind my house about two years ago during a dry spell and had plans to remove it. No high hopes being that it has been submerged since who knows when. I finally got around to it yesterday and came to the conclusion that it would have to be cut to get it out. The bad news is, like an idiot I cut it into uneven lengths, sawing blind underwater with my pruning saw. The good news is that the water and muck are completely anaerobic because the grain was a brilliant gold and looked like fresh wood. I’m open to any guesses as to its prior use, it’s def been worked by hand, but no signs of any metal fasteners being used. My guess is an old bridge but the area in NJ was a boat building hub in the 18th and 19th century. Pieces total about 15 feet, but there’s still about 8ft protruding from the bank and it feels like it is solidly imbedded.



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#5 posted 04-16-2019 04:05 PM

Interesting looking lumber—any thoughts of what you might do with it?

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#6 posted 04-16-2019 04:53 PM

Not really, perhaps turned into a series of lamp bodies at some point.. or resawn into 1.5” boards for an interesting headboard? The hewn out parts are somewhat limiting, as is the hollow tube that runs through the entire thing, but I’m not complaining.

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#7 posted 04-16-2019 06:56 PM

A few better pictures…finally sunny out.

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#8 posted 04-17-2019 09:01 PM

What do you think have coused the holes?
I assume they are man-made, and not made by some animal?

-- It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula K. LeGuin

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#9 posted 04-18-2019 08:11 PM

Def man made, you can see remnant marks from a spade bit in some of the openings, probably to give them a starting point for a chisel. I really have no idea, but the length and uneven spacing of the holes makes me think some type of frontier bridge, possibly intended to be somewhat temporary.

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#10 posted 04-18-2019 08:30 PM

Just found an 1895 map of area showing a long gone local portion of a railroad running through my property…

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