50 year old wood stash. What to build?

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Blog entry by molan posted 11-12-2015 03:14 AM 1297 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last spring I helped clean out the loft in an old barn on my Grandparents farm. the barn is getting old and starting to sag. My Grandpa had a huge stash of lumber up in the loft that he milled himself about 50 years ago when he used to have his own portable saw mill. (Sadly it burned in a forest fire) Most of the lumber was no good anymore and went to the burn pit, but I salvaged a fair pile

My Grandpa had no use for the wood anymore and let me take it. I finally got it back to my place this week. I had to stored it in another building on the farm and had to wait for my parents to make a trip to the city with a trailer as many of the board are 14 feet long and I didn’t want to cut any of them down before deciding what to build with them.

The wood is a mix of Pine and Birch. with several birch slabs (live edge, with bark) that are 2 inch thick by 8+ inch wide and close to 12 feet long.

Not the best pic, All the big stuff is on the bottom of the pile out of site

Haven’t decided what I should be building out of the pile yet, but a few ideas are
a bed,
some sort of live edge coffee\hall table
a chest of some kind
Of course before I can start anything I need to finish the Puzzle table project I started for my wife almost a year ago, that is 80% finished

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#1 posted 11-12-2015 06:40 AM

Well my Bench started out as a Birch project? Know I would recommend Maple only! Tear out with Birch is very frustrating! I made a writing desk for the Wife a few years back out of Birch and Alder that turned out not to bad?
The Pine could be a lot of fun to work with, made a hope chest for my daughter from pine, watch the knots!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 11-12-2015 01:55 PM

I understand your quandry. A while back I gave a scrollsaw piece to a friend of many years. Guess who showed up later with some 2” cherry boards that had been stored at his grandparents farm. Last week, we had a new member show up at our carving group that was redoing an old house and said he had some thin wood that he had no use for. As a scroller, my eyes lit up and he showed up the next week with several walnut boards that had been on the walls of the house, some of which still had newspaper stuck to it that had been used for insulation. He will get a nice scrolled piece next week as a thank you.

-- Kepy

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 04:09 AM

Wood is wood, great find and congrats, I would say free but it sounds like you worked for it

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

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