recycled vintage yellow Heartpine / kitchen organzier shelve

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Project by need2boat posted 02-18-2013 02:46 AM 1365 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not a lot of to say about the project. It’s simple construction using a recently new to me festool domino. The wood used however does have some interest. It’s 1st generation old growth yellow Heartpine I bought last year on a whim. It’s from a demolished carriage builder factory in Philadelphia. I could write a book about the put falls of buying rough cut and vintage woods but I’ll save that for another time. I will say for pine, which I’m not the biggest fan of, this old growth wood is hard not to love. It’s also impressive to think 100+ years after it was first cut and dried the sap still smells. All that was needed was to cut into it was a hand and the smell fills the room. It’s also nice to work with someone that’s not hard on the lungs like walnut and other oil woods.

Most of what I took is 4-quarter floorboards and was de-nailed by the previous owner. A job I can even imaging as the few “hand made nails” I found were a PITA to get out.

I have a galley style kitchen that by it’s nature is tight for space and been needing a small shelf to utilize space better. It’s not a highly visible area so I figured it would be a good use for the pine. I started but checking for nailed and running the boards through planer, then glued up. Although many of the boards were 6” or 7” wide they are tong and groove and chips and splintered at the edges.

As stated early the construction is domino, I’ve come to like using a simple story stick and set out where the joints will be and it also save time not having to measure repetitive similar distances. I also wanted to add a little rustic effect as most of the wood has nail holes. I used BT&C Cut Box Nails that darkened the heads with metal blackener that I use quite a bit on backsaws. I was happy with the effect but aesthetically I’m not sure I got the feel I was after. Time will tell.

Pic of one of the nails. Although dealing and using this wood has it’s troubles. The history behind this old wood is very cool. The small factory, built pre-electricity was just off 4th and south street in Philly and about 10 min walk from old city and independence hall. It’s hard not to wonder about the person who made it, and walk over the floor it was driven into.

food for thought.


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#1 posted 02-18-2013 02:51 AM

Little better picture of the nails


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#2 posted 02-18-2013 03:48 AM

Well done.

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#3 posted 02-18-2013 12:57 PM

Great re-use of the pine Joe. Good for another 100 years or so.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 01:36 PM

I too love that antique pine. I had quite a bit of it at one time and im sorry its all gone now. I like the use of the cut nails Jim, and yes those old ones are a bear to get out.

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 04:54 PM

It was a real learning experience dealing with the nails. I’ve just happy the previous owner removed 90% of them. The labor otherwise would have been a killer. The other issue is how gummy it is to work with hand tools. All and all I don’t think I’ll be buying more but I’ve still got about 50-75 bf that needs to be planed.


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