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For the last few years, a giant pile of wood has languished behind my dad’s place. It actually came from Chuck’s dad’s stockpile. It’s funny how the stuff moves around and you just expect that it’s there and move on. Last week I got curious, so I took a small sampling and hauled it home to find out what it was and if it was any good anymore.

It’s been sitting outside basically uncovered and out in the elements for at least two years. I cut into one piece and ran it across a sander and joiner just to take a look. After a little oil to freshen it up it and make sure I was indeed seeing what I thought I was seeing, it turns out that at least some of the pile is quarter-sawn oak.

For an amateur furniture builder like me, I might as well have found an old muscle car in the garage that for its entire life was only driven to church and back. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen — to us, anyway. Sure, it’s not maple or mahogany, but were that the case it probably would have just split and have been ruined anyway.

Now all I’ve got to do it resaw, cut, plane and sand the stuff back into usable stock. Even if we lose half of it in the preparation, it’s still cheaper than buying it.


4 Responses to It’s Just Cool: A Lumber Score

  1. Jerry says:

    @ Sean. What a nice little treasure trove to get your hands on. That quarter sawn is great stuff for a lot of projects.
    Have fun with it. It’s always nice to find such things.

  2. mlocer says:

    You’re gonna have me, but i have a steady supply of parguet flooring offcuts that i burn for firewood and a huge amount is like the piece in your hand about 500mm long and perfect for all those little projects

  3. If you’re want to maximize the wood you save, try a wood slicer bandsaw blade. with a properly setup saw and high tension, you can pretty well cut your own veneer. I saw an awesome demo at Highland Hardware up the street from me.


  4. Scott R says:

    Not only is it cheaper, but you get to save a tree or two in the process! By the way, is this oak now illegal to harvest in Texas, or did I remember that wrong?

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