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03-07-2018 04:30 PM

Morning LJs, As some of you have seen I am currently on deployment in the Navy. Since I can’t help myself but to troll CL for deals I came upon a guy selling some pine lumber from large pallets. I worked with the guys via email and he delivered them to the house for me and my wife, who is a doll, piled them in the garage for me. She said they look good but the outside is slightly weathered and I am concerned about the quality of the wood. The guy I got them from is also active duty and is heading out on a deployment before I get home. Since the deal seems pretty good, and I would like to get more from him before he leaves, can anyone speak to working with this type of wood? These are heat treated pine boards and they are 3.5” x 7” x 9’ in size.


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#1 posted 03-07-2018 05:14 PM

Usually fast-growth pine with a lot of sapwood, they’ll be pretty soft even for pine. Rack them up with some spacers and let them dry really well because those boards are usually sawn without any respect to their grain, there will likely be a few that develop some amazing splits and/or twist no matter how much weight they’ve got on them.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 02:52 AM

Your wife really is a doll, for stacking that wood! These need to be stickered up and have the ends coated before they get any worse. I see some twisting already going on. What do you have planned for these “wee beasties”?

...and thank you for your service. I feel funny getting that from the people at the hardware store, but I like the discount. US Navy, ‘72 – ‘76,

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 02:53 PM

I don’t know that anyone can make an accurate appraisal of the value of the material from one small photograph. I will say that I would certainly be able to find a good use for the lumber. It might be furniture or it might be heavy structural components, depending on what is actually there.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 02:55 PM

Pine is usually fairly inexpensive especially green pine.


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#5 posted 03-08-2018 04:24 PM

Thanks…probably need to space them a little better than they are now…good call.

Not exaclty sure. Since they are relatively inexpensire, at $8-10 each depending on how many I buy, I was thinking of using them to do dry runs on other furniture to ensure I get scale right…and figure out how to use my crazy Festool Domino before I ruin good lumber building. My wife wants a new farmhouse style dining table and I was thinking that I might be able to get away with using these for the legs since they are going to get a rough black paint job anyways.

Agree for sure!

What is the going price you have been seeing for pine. Not something any of the vendors I frequest keep on their price lists.


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#6 posted 03-08-2018 07:02 PM

Roger – first of all, a heartfelt THANK YOU for your service !!

when I was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a freighter of Foreign Flag
was unloading supplies at the base dock and they left some of their dunnage on the pier.
I noticed this was some unique stuff and quite heavy so I absconded a few pieces.
It turned out to be something like Brazilian Iron Wood but not quite like Lignum Vitae.
so – when you are around the docks that load and offload foreign ships, pay particular
attention to the scrapyard and dumpster areas. no telling what rare and exotic treasures you may find
to bring home with you !!
wishing you Smooth Sailing into your retirement.
Regards, Fair Winds and Following Seas.
John Smith (USN-RET. 66-87)

-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 10:04 PM

Personally I’m not a huge fan of Pine—but I have used it for some projects. Pine is soft (can dent easily with your thumbnail). Pine is normally less expensive than hardwoods. Pine is not heavy. I built a folding utility table out of Pine because I wanted the table to be light in weight. Pine often has alot of sap/tar. If possible get as much clear Pine as possible (no knots)—knots are often where lumber twists/warps, knots may fall out or present problems machining/drilling, knots may/may not present aesthetic concerns. Seal knots with shellac before painting.

Overall I think if you’re getting a good deal and the Pine is fairly clear—then maybe it’s worth putting some away for future needs.

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#8 posted 03-09-2018 11:06 AM

Thaks again guys.
I appreciate all the feedback. I can’t wait to get hme and tear this stuff apart to see what I really have.

John Smith
Thank you for your service as well.


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