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Project by ryno posted 07-07-2008 06:32 AM 3200 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

it was a great day to hit the cutoff bin at the lumber store. The only bad thing is, it’s all oak. It is mostly red or white oak but there is decent amt. of quarter sawn white oak. I was like a kid in a candy store as I was sorting through this on the trailer. I have several small projects coming up that I was wanting to use walnut but now I think I’ll use some of this oak and use a walnut stain. So any tips or warnings about staining oak are always welcome.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#1 posted 07-07-2008 06:43 AM

That looks like a pretty good hall. Even see some quarter sawn white oak in the lot…...

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-07-2008 12:12 PM

One of the pieces looks curly too ! I am not a huge oak fan, but that is a nice pile of wood for sure.

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#3 posted 07-07-2008 12:28 PM

Did you get that for free or did you pay some nominal price? Some pretty-nice pieces in there.

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#4 posted 07-07-2008 01:21 PM

Great find! My only suggestion about staining oak is not to sand past 150 grit.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 07-07-2008 01:35 PM

WOW! nice haul.

I love oak, & I’ve had fairly good results with Watco Danish Oil finish.

It comes in quite a few different colors.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 01:54 PM

That’s a great pile of wood! Keep an eye on humidity and sticker it carefully if you don’t use it right away and use grain filler (especially with the red oak) if you want a “walnut” feel to it. I’m a big fan of gel stains because of the even color. Cut off piles like that don’t turn up here in Santa Fe, where good wood is sold by the gram:)

-- Jeff, Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-07-2008 02:36 PM

Nice haul!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-07-2008 03:59 PM

Wow… sweet… There’s a lumber yard a few miles from my house that I keep meaning to stop by and introduce myself. I am hoping that they’ll be OK with me digging around in the cutoff bin. Any words of wisdom for ingratiating yourself?

Oh, and nice alias there! I knew I couldn’t be the only Ryan interested in woodworking who also happens to have the nickname Ryno!

Good to meet you!

-- Ryno

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#9 posted 07-07-2008 03:59 PM

Looks good, pitty your trailer was not bigger….

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 07-07-2008 04:53 PM

Great haul

Thanks for the post


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#11 posted 07-07-2008 05:16 PM

I wouldn’t take the fact that it’s all oak as a bad thing!

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#12 posted 07-07-2008 05:35 PM

Wow, I would like to pick thru your cutoff bin.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#13 posted 07-07-2008 06:58 PM

Great find !! I can relate to your comment about it being “all Oak”. I have some very select pieces of it , but just don’t have any desire to build anything with it as yet. I’d much rather use Cherry , Maple or Black Walnut for my projects. Regarding finishing Oak , the worst part about it is the PORES that tend to “burp” out excess finish and if you don’t constantly rewipe the project , it will leave millions of little pock marks all over the surface that you get to sand down or steel wool them . Best wishes and have a great day : )

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#14 posted 07-07-2008 08:29 PM

Nice haul. A good day for sure!


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#15 posted 07-07-2008 09:06 PM

Great find. I do the same thing. A local mill that does a lot of custom stuff out of oak, ash, cherry and maple throws anything under three feet or anything with a knot or discoloratioin in the scrap bin. I do a lot of diving in their scrap pile and have found some gems. Last purchase was oak 5/4, 4.5” wide and 35” long. And it was S4S. Bought 48 bd ft for $40. If I find rough cut pieces I can usually swing an even better bargain. This purchase is going to two end tables I have been promising the missus. I would also like to find some walnut at a decent price, but this place rarely gets it and I’m too cheap to pay retail.

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