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It is no secret that I push the limits of 'frugal'... almost earning the status of cheap.

I was perusing the surplus auction website a few months back and saw a listing for solid wood table tops. The description said "Lot of 18 table (10 are 41 1/2x 24", 2 each are 42" round, 6 are 24"x24" square. solid wood and need to be refinished." I asked the staff at the community college responsible for the auction and they said the tops were almost 2 inches thick, and very heavy.

I rolled the dice, put in a bid and was the only bidder. I took the truck down to Charlottesville and we loaded them up in the rain. They were dark wood, REALLY heavy, and stuck together by old varnish and gum residue. They have been sitting stacked in the garage for a few months as I waited for time to play with them.

I chucked an old saw blade in the saw, as I didn't know if there was metal, MDF cores, or something else inside of these pieces. I ripped off the bull nose and was excited to see solid wood. I set the fence to 12-1/2 inches and made another cut right on what looked to be a glue joint. The saw was not happy as it chewed through the top. Solid wood, and clear.

Off to the planer after slathering the top with Goo Gone to try to make it less sticky. a skim cut revealed some really pretty lumber. Feeling pretty happy about this purchase! There are a couple of bolt holes in the bottom center, but most of the wood will be usable. Just glad it didn't end up in the landfill!

I can't tell if it is a type of maple, oak or other hard wood, but it is a nice looking wood.
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Now that's a find...! ! !

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Nice score. It should be well seasoned by now. The medullary rays in the wood make it look like it might be white oak.

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You didn't mention what you paid(?)...
Pointing out that you should probably run a metal detector over all the wood would be unnecessary, Doug; you've done this before.
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Great, looks like may be red oak with the pink color, wipe some water or min spirits on it and see what it looks like. Great find, that will keep you busy in the shop and you will have plenty of gum to chew while you mill them down.
Well worth the trip to pick them up.
You will probably end up replacing the planer blades when your done. Planing finish really takes a toll on planer blades.
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Neat!! Those'll make some good boards.

Cheap, I mean frugal, is good.

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Price with gas to go get it, lunch at the famous Michie Tavern Charlottesville Virginia | Get A Taste of the 18th Century! and the auction price, just over $50. I think I did OK. I should be able to make that back out of projects from 1 or 2 pieces. The rest is gravy.

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Pointing out that you should probably run a metal detector over all the wood would be unnecessary, Doug; you've done this before.
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that's why we put in a cheap blade... The metal detector didn't see anything, but I don't fully trust it in thick stock either.
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$50? $50!? It would have cost me that for the gas and lunch.
You need to send them some more money...
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$50? $50!? It would have cost me that for the gas and lunch.
You need to send them some more money...
Order the specials, not the buffet! Great chicken

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