Reclaimed fire wood made into Beer and Pretzel tote

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Project by Richard posted 09-27-2013 03:30 AM 2473 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time ago we tore down a fence that was standing out in the pasture under the direct sun and weather, The pine planks were then stacked on the ground where water dripped from our roof directly on it for another five years. My dad decided to clean this mess up and cut it into firewood, but I notice the tight grain pattern and sent it through the planer and sander. After planing the weathered surface, the wood looked solid, intack and surprisingly hardened.

I dislike using pine in my projects, but I was amazed how the sun, weather and water, seem to make the pine more durable. I was sure the constant exposure water being dripped on it for five years would just rot the wood. Long story short, before cutting up those weathered planks, plane them and see what you have.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 09-27-2013 02:59 PM

I don’t know about planing weathered wood….....$40 in planer knives for $5 in pine.
However your tote looks very nice.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 09-27-2013 04:44 PM

Cool looking tote…nicely done Richard.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 09-27-2013 05:32 PM

Well done. I know how you feel about pine…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 01:23 AM

Just be sure to use a metal scanner? Pine develops a great patina. Nice job. One for pine. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-30-2013 03:31 PM

Great salvage of the wood, it turned out really good looking and well made tote. Great work!

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