Working with recycled timber #76: Treasure hunting in timber

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-05-2017 08:46 AM 989 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a huge piece of Cypress Pine about 3m x 195mm x 50mm painted white and removed fron a construction somewhere.
I wanted to remove the paint with my thicknesser so in making this possible I had to go treasure hunting with my metal detector.

I found quite a few pieces of buried treasure and marked the area with the traditional X.
Next I needed to flap disk the area to identify the exact position.
Once the treasure was uncovered it was time to dig.

I used my battery drill and a small plug cutter to excavate around the find.
Next was to identify if they were Nails or screws so I could determine how to remove them.

Once they were identified the removal process went ahead.

What I found was about 8 x Gal nails and 4 x small panel type pins

The timber suffered some extensive scarring as a result of which the plug cutters bigger brother will be used in its primary role to repair the damage later.

OK some sequence of events in pictures.

One of the treasure sites after scanning and uncovering with a flap disk.

Next was some excavating around the offender.

A check revealed it was a nail, so it was extracted with special pliers.

A close up of the business end of the pliers.

Definately not something that should pass through a thicknesser

Working away I recovered 10 x items of treasure

The small pins my not cause any damage to the blades but I was not taking the risk.
The booty all got dug up.

Next was a run through the thicknesser to clean off the paint.

A close up of the resultant scaring. The darker holes are existing bolt holes.

Tools used:-

1 x Metal detector and marking pen
1 x Angle grinder fitted with a flap disk
1 x Pair of screw removing plyers
1 x Small plug Cutter and Battery drill.


A time consuming task and consideration to the actual value of the timber should be undertaken before hand.
The process does considerable damage requiring later repair work with wood plugs or similar otherwise complete removal or working around the damaged areas.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-05-2017 11:53 AM

Well worth taking the time the time to remove the metalwork, and you’ve ended up with a nice bit of timber, if it had been me, I would have also burnt most of the paint off as well, as that can do as much damage to the knives as metal.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#2 posted 08-05-2017 05:29 PM

All those holes …looks like future sites for bowties and butterflies!
PhilBello, what is your process of burning paint?

-- God bless, Candy

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 08-05-2017 05:37 PM


Thank you for your short course & experience in your latest Find & action!

Great Find!

Great work!

Thaank you!

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 10:14 PM

Correct paint and the additives in paint are brutal on fine edges.

You have sewn the seed of thought for more attractive inserts

Glad you found it of some use

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-06-2017 10:41 PM

I very much like the idea of the using the small plug cutter to recess around the offending nail or screw to allow for the pliers room to grab it and remove it – TOP TIP Rob, thank you…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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