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Well we have a new employee where I work and it turns out that he has TONS of oak planks that were used at his old job in packing of material. The company just threw the stuff away until he said that he would take it all.

Anyway, he has no use for it anymore and said his wife and mother-in-law have been trying to get him to get rid of it for a while.

He said he would give it all to me!!!!! From what he is saying this is A LOT of oak, white oak, unfortunately not red. Think it may be 3 to 4 foot long peices and 6" X 1/2". Said he has like 15 or so stacks of them that are about 3-4 feet tall.

Looks like I got some woodworking to do!!!!
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Another place to get oak is the Lumb. yd. when the tractors come in and off load quite often they leave the palates behind. The palates are mostly pine but I've got Oak, and once Poplar. Most times the mills make palates out of whatever waste is about.

The lumb. yds prefer to keep the Oakers, (last longer) but if they have a lot of them they let them go. I've made a few Oak summer tables for friends and family from palates

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Marcus, be like me and never refuse FREE wood. Most if not all of my forum projects are from such gifts. Do you have a thickness planer to enable you to turn what looks like scrap into beautiful new wood.

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That is a good find, just watch for nails and staples. If you don't have a metal detector you might want to get one, check Rockler, HF or Amazon.

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Thanks guys!!!

Herry - No I don't have a thickness planner. I'm looking into one but financially it's not feasable at this time. Trying to find used one but no such luck so far. Any recommendations?

Jerry - I know the websites you were referring to except for HF. What is that?
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Thanks guys!!!

Herry - No I don't have a thickness planner. I'm looking into one but financially it's not feasable at this time. Trying to find used one but no such luck so far. Any recommendations?

Jerry - I know the websites you were referring to except for HF. What is that?
Marcus, I'll assume that you don't have a jointer either so I'll suggest that you make a set of router skis so that you will be able to plane the wood easily after cutting to size for particular projects. These two shots from previous projects show what I'm talking about. For details of skis, there are lots of different ones shown on the forum, do a search on "skis"
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Congrats on that find! HF is Harbor Freight. Decent tools at really good prices.
The router table can also be used as makeshift jointer. Put a piece of laminate on the outfeed side and adjust a straight bit to be flush with this. Depending on the condition of the wood, you may or may not even need to do this.
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Hi Marcus

Free wood is great but like they say nothing is free

I'm sure you have a wood mill/lumber yard in your town (Greenville, SC) ,, I would suggest you take some of them to the mill and let them clean up it for you, make a list of what you want to use it for and let them do the work, they have the machines to do it easy..the bottom line is you are going need to put out some money..you can make a ski jig or buy a used planer but put your money in the right spot..for now and then work your way up..

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Boy is there a world of difference between wood boards. I am a dumpster diver and have gotten a lot of free wood that way. My wife likes cherry so I pay through the nose for that. But some list think you are not a wood worker if you try and do things on the cheap. Or my be it is the way I come off. But I still love to here how people get things done with out it costing a fortune. Just the way our goverment trained me I guess.
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You said "Nothing better than free wood!!!"

I can think of a few things that are better!!

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