Lumber Scores! #2: Massive oak posts and planks from the Coney Island Boardwalk! (Wood gloat!)

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Blog entry by SalvageCraft posted 03-03-2012 05:43 AM 4844 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow. It’s been an eventful day! I visited a friend who works out at Pioneer Millworks ( this afternoon, and hauled in quite a load! Pioneer specializes in reclaimed wood flooring, but also provides timber framing and millwork services. They receive massive beams from old barns, factories, and other structures as well as flooring planks, massive joists, and plank siding from all over the northeast. It was mind boggling to see their outdoor lumber yard plump with what must have been dozens, if not hundreds of old structures, all stacked and stickered while waiting to begin a new life. I could write a full post just covering what I saw there today, but I’d do a disservice to you and to them without including photos. I’ll be sure to get out there again in the next few weeks and snap away lots of pics.
For now: let the wood gloat begin!

First up are three 16/4 oak posts. These are 4”x4”x8 feet long! They were discarded because of their odd size and a couple mortises. I suppose it was not worthwhile for the mill to de-nail, resaw, dimension, sand and mill these into less than 8 square feet of usable flooring each. I don’t mind that at all!
The board in the middle of the bunch there is beech. It’s 10/4 by 5” and 8’ long. There is also a shorter piece of oak sitting there too. I’ve got a laundry list of projects waiting for stock this size! Those who saw my first workbench in this video will agree. Have a look see:
All in a row:

Just massive!


Ok. Now the awesome: Pioneer did a job a few years back milling flooring from sections of the old Coney Island Boardwalk. The boards themselves were thick planks of mixed tropical hardwoods. I’m no expert on tropical woods, but since it looks like cherry to me, I’m guessing it may be Ipe or some type of mahogany (again, I’m no expert and maybe cherry looks nothing like those woods to more discerning eyes!). After resawing what they needed for the flooring, they were left with thin top layers less than 1/2” thick. These leftovers are uneven in thickness, and too thin for most flooring applications. Perhaps they could plane them down to make a thin wear layer for engineered flooring, but I’m guessing that they already would have done so if it was financially feasible. However, it does make great paneling! I’ll be using mine for a special project I was asked to do by a midwife friend of ours: a birthing stool! Imagine coming into this world on the boardwalk of Coney Island! I’ll definitely be posting more about this project as it develops :)

Anyway, I picked up a few square feet of this stuff, too. Here be the pics:
The bundle:

Beach sand and salt still embedded!

The tops:

Clear grain:

Grain close-up:

More grain close-up:


Best part is I got a great deal on this wood (and I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to blog about them ;) If you’re in the Upstate, NY area, give these guys a call. Although they specialize in flooring, they seem to have enough additional odd stuff to keep us woodworkers happy. I know I am.
They’ll also be having a “friends and family” sale on March 21st, and I’m told they’ll be pulling out a lot of stuff just for woodworkers. Although I was there well over an hour today, I haven’t seen a fraction of their surprises!

Thanks for looking!

-- Jesse --

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 08:15 AM

what fun and nice score.

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 11:46 AM

That sounds like an awesome store. Real Nice Score!


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#3 posted 03-03-2012 01:11 PM

That ’s the kind of finds that I like Jesse…..

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 03:36 PM

very good. thnx for sharin the info

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 06:40 PM


There is a very slight chance that my wife & I walked on those boards back in the mid 1960’s!
COOL place! (at least it was…)

Will be interesting to see how you work with them…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 08:35 PM

Nice score and nice wood! Word of caution; the sand and salt will be very hard on your edged tools! As long as you take that into consideration, you will be fine.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 12:07 AM

Thanks guys! I’ve ripped the edges clean and started my glue-ups for the birthing stool. I’ll be making two of them to have an extra available for sale or rental. Here are a few pics:
My template made from a birthing stool cushion:

The template shows both layers of the lamination overlapping in the same view. The upper layer will run diagonal to the grain of the lower layer in a v-formation.
Stock laid out above the template on wax paper:

The glue up:

I’m wondering how much longer I’ll need to clamp these for than I usually would with a softer hardwood. The ripped edges are all glassy smooth, almost seems like there’s nothing for the glue to adhere to!

Thanks for looking!

-- Jesse --

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 01:38 AM

Nice score!

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 01:58 AM


“Birthing Stool”?

What are they used for?

Don’t our females go to the hospital anymore? lol

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 02:19 AM

Great find on the wood

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 02:22 AM

A great find! I dig it. Why are we needing a stool? Is your wife…...well expecting?

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 02:37 AM

Cool finds – You gotta love it!


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#13 posted 03-07-2012 06:36 PM

Such a place is a really nice resource to have.

The birthing stool project looks interesting. I love it when people say that they are “expecting”. I always wonder about that particular phrase. I mean yes they are ‘expecting’ a baby. But it kind off leaves it open a bit dont you think? For instance: “We are expecting a baby. But it might be a velociraptor.”

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#14 posted 03-07-2012 06:41 PM

Velociraptors! heh heh

Sorry for the confusion, my wife and I aren’t expecting. We have a friend who is a midwife, and a couple friends who are doulas. The midwife ordered a birth stool. I decided to build an extra since I’ll likely get asked to build another sometime in the future. In the mean time we can rent it out with our birth tub. I guess we’re just a couple of home birth nerds :)

-- Jesse --

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#15 posted 03-07-2012 07:16 PM

Very good, Jesse…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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