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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 08-23-2012 07:46 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2012 07:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak planer tablesaw joining milling

I made my first visit to a Habitat for Humanity store today and they had a bunch of pallets with oak flooring stacked in bundles. Hmmm…my first though was what could I make out of some of that stuff. This is not the thin veneer stuff but the real solid Oak that has been pulled out of houses.

The only problem I see is the nails have been cut off flush with the bottoms, so I would have to use a punch to drive them back enough to pull. Other than that, there was way more than I could ever use for projects.

I have a thickness planer (and metal detector) so I could clean off both sides. The tongue and grooves would make it easy for me to glue up some of the boards (up to 12 inches wide each, then run them through the planer to get an even surface (top and bottom).

Thickness appears to be about 5/8”... more than 1/2 inch and less that 3/4 inch thick.

The guy said they sell it as flooring – $2.00 square foot.

1) Is it worth it to put the time and effort into making the wood ready for a project?

2) What could I use it for? Table top for a bench or coffee table comes to mind. Maybe use it for the back of a bookcase.

3) Rip the random lengths to clean off the tongue and groove joints and make something small?

Your thoughts appreciated.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 07:55 PM

Persoanlly i think $2 a sqaure is a bit steep especially once you are done planing maybe youll have 1/2” pieces. Im sure thar you could make table tops with it, even laminate it together to make thicker pieces. You could make boxes out of it too. The only reclaimed stuff i really like to get into is wide board and old growth just because you can really find that stuff much any more. Once you hit that first nail on your planer, then another on your tablesaw, and oops there goes the bandsaw youll know what im talkin about. Ive pissed through $125 in blades quickly from hitting old cut nails and it makes me angry every time.

Just my opinion here … im all for recycling and reusing but there is a cut off for me.

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#2 posted 08-23-2012 08:43 PM

Even as flooring, that seems a little step. How much is unfinished oak flooring these days?

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#3 posted 08-23-2012 08:48 PM

HD is advertising it at $2.99

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 01:37 AM

Several comments: That is way too high priced. Gluing up panels using the existing tongue and grooves and then planing will be frustrating as the glue lines won’t be as tight as if you ripped the tongue and grooves off, jointed the edges, and then glued up your panels. Finally, back punching all those cut off nails will be a pain ine the rear and you only have to miss one to ruin your day (and your planer baldes). All things considered, I’d pass on this “bargain”.

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 01:42 AM

at lumber liquidators we sell unfinished oak at like 2.19…thats #1 grade #2 is sub $2

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 02:04 AM

Lots of good advice. Thanks to all.

Well, it sounded like a good idea. I recall some of the info on the bottom of one of the boards – Made in USA Bruce Oak

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 02:09 AM

Oak boards at least 6” wide are $3.20 a board foot here at our local wood store. More than the $2 you’re looking at but it’s ready to go wood too.

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