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Ive been cleaning out a area in my shop building that was used for storage by my parents, most things in this area have been untouched for many years. Its about a 1500 sq ft area that will work out a lot better for my wood shop than where it is now. Down side of that its going to need a lot of work. Anyway back to the point of this post. I found a lot of these

probably a hundred or so, most look just like this one but there are some other sizes and shapes.





My Dad probably picked these up in a garage sale some where. My guess on what these are is picture frames but why so many. They are all about 3/8" thick and the wood is real rough, i ran these pieces thru my planner. I am not a wood species authority by any means, does the wood look like oak?
Any Thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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Looks like somebody cut some decoupage boards with a router and pattern bit, and what you have are the scraps left over.
 

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I wonder if someone needed a bunch of ovals and figured the cutout waste could be "used for something, someday". I do this a lot.

Maybe they needed a bunch of coasters for oval beer bottles!
 

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The squares look like oak alright, but the pieces with the ovals look different…ash? Hard for me to tell. It's hard to tell what they were intended to be, but lighting fixtures and small mirrors come to mind, maybe even a base for a thermometer/clock/ photo/barometer/etc. wall hanging. With the odd grain on the squares, it looks like practice work with gleu ups. By the way, if you happen to run across a SawStop and a 20" lathe that's just plain in the way you can give it to me. Lol.
 

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The squares are quarter sawn white oak. The cutouts are red oak. I am with poopiekat, the cut-out parts which are gone was what was being made - these are just the leftover scraps.
 

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Thank you everybody for all the replies, i was thinking that they were oak but that one board had them squiggly lines it it that Ive never seen. could be anybody's guess what they are I'm afraid. I have to figure out what to do with all of them like i said i have a hundred or so of them. Again thanks everyone.
 

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I just got some oak recently that was very squiggly! I had never seen that before, which is why I decided to get it.

Sounds like now would be a good time to get into the picture-frame-making business.. the process is already partly done! :)
 

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Yup , they're remnants from someone making ovals….looks like you have two choices….try to make some picture frames out of them or use them in the woodstove : )
 
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