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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-23-2018, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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You trying to tell me I ought not try to do any 3d carving with a CNC on something like this??
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John, Harbor freight sells a wand type metal detector that works really well for finding metal in wood. Even if you made benchtops from it, you could prevent hitting them when drilling dog holes. I find it hard to believe that they are nailed...but it is what it is. I always thought Bowling alleys were pre made in a factory, in sections, then shipped to the site for assembly, then leveled and machined on site.
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Harbor Freight sells a pretty good 7 1/2" carbide metal cutting blade that will cut wood too. My son and I buy them for cutting up to 1" thick steel plate and aluminum for his welding business. Use a straight edge guide to keep the blade from binding in the cut and it should cut these bowling alley lanes quite well, but the nails used in assembling bowling alleys are very hard, so don't expect the blade to last more than a few cuts. Yes, they will make great workbench tops, but wrap a trim board around them so you don't catch your skin or clothing on the sharp nail ends. There are a lot of nails in bowling alleys. Trying to dis-assemble them to save the wood will be a total waste of time.

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That is hard, read that real hard, maple. Get a piece and take off before they change their minds.
My father helped develop the Brunswick automatic pin spotter in the mid 50s. He got a piece of the bowling lane when the project was done. Weighed a ton and he said it was a #$&* to cut (his words). His group was always kidded that they got paid to bowl for 8 hours a day.

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Yeah, likely maple. Wish I could come across a find like that. Not sure off-hand what I'd use it for, but I definitely would find some use for it, even if it wound up being just selling or trading it. But I'm sure, very sure, I would find one or two uses for at least part of it. If you don't want it, ship it down here.

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Yeah, likely maple. Wish I could come across a find like that. Not sure off-hand what I'd use it for, but I definitely would find some use for it, even if it wound up being just selling or trading it. But I'm sure, very sure, I would find one or two uses for at least part of it. If you don't want it, ship it down here.

Make a trip home, Theo, and take them back. Don't think I have any use for them.

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Make a trip home, Theo, and take them back. Don't think I have any use for them.
Ha. With good fortune I will never have to make a trip to Michigan again. My mother was absolutely convinced I wanted to move back there after I retired from the Army. Well, I'm still here. Still, for goodies like that, I am tempted.

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You want his # Theo??

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You want his # Theo??
Thanks, but no thanks. You can just ship it to me. If I were you, I'd grab all I could and keep it until I figured out what I wanted to make out of it. Should make some great coffee tables for one thing. Even cutting boards.

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Great find.
Build shuffle board tables with those large flat pieces
That will give you a nice income, or a great time for you and your friends to play the game.
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