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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Alpharetta GA ( Metro Atlanta)

    Free wood - cut offs

    A new friend of mine works at a sprial staircase manufacturer. So I talked about my woodworking hobby and my shop.

    He mentioned that they have a cutoff bin and we should get together for lunch and take trip to the facility.

    So I got to do that this afternoon.

    Of course there has to be some evidence. So here you go...

    The 1997 Honda accord was full
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    It took 3 loads on my 2 wheeler. You can see my tape measure showing 24" to give you an idea of what I got.
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    I got it all to the basement and sorted out on storage shelves.

    The stuff on the right is all jatoba.

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    The 1st stack on the left is longer pieces of jatoba, oak and maple. On the 3rd from the left is two stacks of walnut and the 4th from the left is maple and pine.

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    Here is a good shot of the whole shelf.

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    There were also a bunch of longer pieces. It looks like this is where they are trimming to get a good edge. The do a LOT of glue ups for treads.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Alpharetta GA ( Metro Atlanta)

    Free Wood - a few interesting pieces

    I had too many pics .....

    Here are some interesting pieces, at least to me. The piece on the left is just a nice piece of pine. I got 3 of those. I hope to find a nice use for them.

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    There was one very large piece. 4/4 36" x 16 1/2"

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    The problem with the board is checks on both ends. Pictures show the top and bottom problems.

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    I can either rip the boards at the checks and re-glue OR I can cut the center out and have a piece about 20" x 16" to use as table top. Worse case, I can get 2 nice 36" boards. What do you think ?

    The other piece is just a nice interesting grain, that will become a top to a box.

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    So it was a nice ( HOT ) Friday afternoon.

    Now I just need to get some time in the shop.

    As always, I have a web album with all the pictures but I only left out a couple in this post.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    Nice to have friends in the right places!


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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    now ya talking my language.

    Id have a field day.(hed get a few bottles of his favorite wine to have with dinner tonight)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Illinois
    Great having friends like yours.

    By the way, if you can't find something to do with the piece of Walnut next to the NICE Pine.

    I'll make you something nice out of part of it (that is, if you send the piece to me.)

    I can't remember seeing a better lookin' piece..........................EVER!

    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Wow SCORE for sure!
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    William Arthur Ward

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Austin, Texas
    Those splits are invitations to run a saw down the split, even if it isn't parallel to the edge. The subsequent glue up is almost invisible since the grain and color match. And if 1/8 inch doesn't cut out all the splt, maybe two cuts will.

    A cut like that is really easy on my slider but can also be accomplished with a cross cut sled.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Alpharetta GA ( Metro Atlanta)

    Thanks for the comment. I was thinking that but have never done it. That's probably what I will do.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway
    Dang, Bartee,

    You must be living right! That's quite a haul! What's your secret?



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That new friend of yours looks like a keeper, Bartee. Nice haul indeed.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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