Salvage #1: Getting the wood

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Blog entry by larson1170 posted 01-17-2014 04:17 PM 1774 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sooooo, I’m married. That means I am forced to look at a few pics every night from Pintrest of peoples “brilliant” ideas. After I got it through my wife’s head that I wasn’t gonna just nail a pallet to the wall and say I made something, I decided to see what I could really do with scrap wood. First step, break down some pallets that we get at work all the time. Next, yesterday at work I brought in my sander and borrowed my bosses 12 1/2” planar. Yes I said “at work”. What kind of wood working do I do for a living you ask? None, I am a home theater/ low voltage installer. Some days I love my boss!

So I got about two and a half pallets torn apart and salvaged what I could. Lots of red oak and maple. Then a bunch of stuff I can’t identify.

I was also surprised to find this nice little piece.

Sorry about the pic quality. I know this isn’t an easy task, made harder by the pictures but I was hoping for a little help identifying one of the woods. The two top pieces in the above pic are confusing me. I have about 10 assorted pieces of that wood. The coloring/hue? is very close to red oak, but as you can sort of see the grain is no where near as tight. It is also incredible light, lighter than any pine boards I have ever picked up. Just throwing this out there as the challenge of the day.

Definately have to find something interesting to do with it. What you can’t see in any of the pics is I saved 5 stringers of maple, two of red oak and one white oak. So I also have some nice beefier pieces. Next up will be figuring out a project or two to make the wife happy. Thanks for looking and any feedback!

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 05:13 PM

It’s the new trend, nailing pallet wood to a wall. A pub in Carmel Indiana did just that. And then made their chairs/ stools out of the stuff too. Can’t envision someone walking off with the chairs very heavy.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 05:28 PM

I salvage pallet wood all the time. Keep your eyes open for pallets from across the big ponds. That’s when you’ll get into the exotic woods. I found 5 pallets at a local company from India that was made from Mango the best I can tell comparing it to photos. Made Christmas ornaments for craft shows with some of it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 06:18 PM

Make you a jig like this and you can use a table saw to get a straight line rip on it

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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