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Greetings everyone. Ok here is the story. Over 15 years ago my brother needed lumber to make floor joists for a extra bedroom on the second story of the house. Ok, now keep in mind we are of Scottish blood, uh that means we have bad tempers and were cheap. Ok that said, we went to our local saw mill and asked what they had as far as 8/4 ANYTHING about 12' long. Well the joist were laid and forgotten untill last year.
Well my brother and I thought the house was due for a revamp. Ok so out comes the ole joists. Well low and behold the wood turned out to be Oak and Hickory. The wood is dried, through time and heat. It has never been in a kiln, but I have checked the MC and it says 6-7%. I had straight edged it months ago to see if it would try to change. I aslo rough planed it to see if I really had anything. Now to put everyones mind at ease ALL nails were removed, checked with a metal detector to double check before the wood ever passed any blade.
Ok now lets advance to today. I took the wood out to where I work and I made blanks out of it. The wider pieces are 4 1/2''X 1 1/4'' X random length. some about 6' at the longest. Its a mix of Oak and Hickory and for the most part its ok. There are a few knots, but none open. The Hickory does have a few cracks in only a few. Ok now everyone here is where YOU come in. I need ideas. I am open to suggestions here. Now keep in mind, I am kinda new at this and my tools are few. The basics as far as table saw, orbital sanders, bar clamps, drills. I started out as a handyman so you can imagine my tools are more for anything but fine wood working. Ok now for the pics. Oh and please dont look at the date. Never buy digitlal cameras from Dollar General.

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Looks like a nice rustic table waiting to be assembled ! Now that you've jointed and planed everything you really need to do something with it before it goes astray on you …then you get to make it thinner all over again : ) The moisture content will change now that it is out of its former environment and you have exposed fresh wood to the surroundings . Have fun : )
 

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Thanks Dusty. I have it in dry storage on fluted sticks right now. I know what you mean about the MC going to change. I cant believe it didnt try to warp when I put a straight edge on it. Even when I made blanks out of it, it never moved. Just as straight as can be, well as straight as I can cut it. LOL
 

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Some Chairs?

Looks perfect for a really nice bench. Treat yourself to one.
 

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LOL a chair. Sorry, but have you ever seen the movie with Mel Gibson attempting to make chairs. Thats me. I like the bench idea tho, Thanks
 

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I failed to mention that this is something fairly simple. My goals are lofty, my skills are small.
 

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A workbench would be my first project.
 

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I second GaryK's vote. It looks like a nice workbench just waiting to happen! Not to mention it's a great way to improve your skills! What could be better than that?
 

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Well ya know that idea keep popping up and that is something I will have to really think about. I havent taken true measurments of what I do have. I better do that and make notes as to lenght and about where the knots and splits are. An oak and hickory bench sure would be solid, and heavy. By the way I did finally get the bookcase done about a week back. It didnt turn out like I hoped but all in all it holds the mags and books that I wanted it to. so I guess it was a success. I will post the pics of it in my blog. If you look Please dont laugh. Thanks all. You are all giving me confidence.
 

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I concur with the others, a workbench is something that you never regret. Scour the net for a suitable design and have at it. Great to see the recycling mode, I have done much the same every chance I get. Most of all have fun and take your time.
 

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Go job on the recycle. That wood looks very nice. +1 on the workbench idea.
 

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I completely agree on the workbench idea, more for the skill building opportunity than anything else. Besides if you want to get into some finer furniture like those chairs mentioned above you will need the bench. I have to comment off topic though. You say you have Scottish blood, yet your handle is Irishhandyman?? If you indeed have both in your lineage, that must make for some fun family reunions. If nothing else, the beer is good, until Uncle O'Reilly and Uncle Seamus start fighting.
 

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ROFL Shannon, you are correct. I'm a regular Heinz 57. Ok since all of you are saying bench, then by golly I am going surfing for a bench design. Think I will scour the photos in here first. Might as well, its raining here and looks to do it for a while. Thanks everyone. Any and all suggestions or comments are always welcome.
 

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This might make for some interesting reading: Woodworking Magazine

Not to mention a good look at the blogs several of the Lumberjocks members have of the experiences when building their own benches. Some are still in progress…
 

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Hey great Chris, Thanks a lot. I was just finishing my blog about my bookshelf fiasco. Exit stage left to start bench surfing.
 

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UPDATE>
Well now I really dont know what to do. In the process of searching for a workbench design that I can actually build and get to fit in my 9'X12" shed/shop, I get a visit from a friend, he didnt look like Santa, but he was bringing me presents all the same. Due to the shock of what the present was and the fact that it looked like the sky was going to drown us at any time, I havent had time to measure out my present. What is this present I keep refering to? It's a bunch of Oak, some red and some white, and Hickory. What are the odds??? It was lumber my friend a.k.a. Santa, had purchased long ago for projects that never got started due to health problems. Most of it has been planed down to a heavy 3/4'', some 13/16''. All of it is at least 8' long and some up to 10'. Some has been straight edged. I will try to get a pic of it tomorrow. Now I know life is timing and mine for the most part falls under the "day late, dollar short''
My main concern now is that the only place I could put this latest batch of lumber is in my (GULP) basement.
I have it on fluted sticks and have 2 fans running on it as I type this. I know the MC is gonna raise a lot in just a few hours. HELP! How am I gonna save all this wood. I am guessing about 200 bf. There is everything from 4''-10'' wide. I would put it in the house just to keep it dry, but there is no room. I even thought of putting it under the bed. I never get this lucky to have something like this just given to me and the last thing I want to do is let this wood just go to waist.
 

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My shop IS my basement !!!
Do you have access to a dehumidifier that is big enough to handle your basement ?
Is it noticebly damp ?
Can you get a MC reading on anything that has been down there for any real length of time ?
Can you bring any of it to my house ??? hahaahahaaaaa
 

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Sounds as though you are getting stressed out. To releive yourself of this stress why not just bundle it up and send it to my shop in Sydney, Aus. ;-)
 

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You will never get anything done with it. You are the IRISHhandyman with SCOTTISH blood? LOL.

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Those are the kind of problems that we all want. Congrats. Life should hand us all such a bummer.

My shop is in the basement. A dehumidifier works wonders. It is also good for the basement itself.
 

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I second the work bench idea. I have trouble standing so I just built a 24"x36" work bench with a WW vise that I can use sitting down. You'd be you'd be surprised how much you can do on a bench that size, will post pix later.
 
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