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Nobody likes the high cost of buying wood and if you have time and space on your side you can reclaim wood and season it yourself. A church near my house took down a 30 year old privacy fence. I offered to remove the wood for them saving them about $70 on a dumpster. Since this was a fence it had been stained several times for a better appearance. Yesterday I made a clean up cut on both sides of the material to remove any sealer and then stacked and stickered it to allow good air circulation. This is redwood which has a very open grain so it should dry quickly. This is only about 10% of what I was able to salvage from the fence. The rest had to be close stacked because of limited space in my garage. Once the wood has dried I will need to repeat the planing operation on both sides to get even thickness pieces; right now they are 1-1/8" thick and are between 32-38" in length. The second photo shows some barn wood Neal(Oldnewbie) brought over a couple years ago. Hard to believe such beautiful wood was hiding inside that nasty looking board. This is something everyone can do even in limited space. You don't need to have a thickness planer, you can do small amounts of wood this way using a ski jig.
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I hear you, Mike! I save everything that may be useful at some point, skids, old building wood, etc.

Anything with too many checks, cracks, gets recycled into my shop wood furnace.

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You’re a certified wood saver, Mike! I hate myself when I see some wood dumped in the corner and I couldn’t even get a piece. Be proud of what you’ve done, wood saver!
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Salvaging these pretty woods means a lot to the environment.
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Good find Mike!

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On the TDPRI.com guitar forum, lots of DIYers are building beautiful electric guitars from reclaimed and salvaged woods. The sounds are in there waiting to be heard, and any repurposing is a win-win for the planet and its custodians. Great job, Mike, from a fellow Bid "D" (formerly 8 mile/Evergreen, where I grew up). Way to go.

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Nobody likes the high cost of buying wood and if you have time and space on your side you can reclaim wood and season it yourself. A church near my house took down a 30 year old privacy fence. I offered to remove the wood for them saving them about $70 on a dumpster. Since this was a fence it had been stained several times for a better appearance. Yesterday I made a clean up cut on both sides of the material to remove any sealer and then stacked and stickered it to allow good air circulation. This is redwood which has a very open grain so it should dry quickly. This is only about 10% of what I was able to salvage from the fence. The rest had to be close stacked because of limited space in my garage. Once the wood has dried I will need to repeat the planing operation on both sides to get even thickness pieces; right now they are 1-1/8" thick and are between 32-38" in length. The second photo shows some barn wood Neal(Oldnewbie) brought over a couple years ago. Hard to believe such beautiful wood was hiding inside that nasty looking board. This is something everyone can do even in limited space. You don't need to have a thickness planer, you can do small amounts of wood this way using a ski jig.
Awesome find Mike. Wish I was so lucky.
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It's a miricle Mike, not only did the wood leave the planer clean, but it GREW in size!

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good job , i too hate to see good wood go to waste . my neighbors probably think I'm crazy seeing me cart wood home from other people's project waste and trash. 15 years ago i came across a antique dresser originally i viewed it as lumber on closer inspection it had 1 drawer that had come apart and needed a bottom . i repaired it with someone's scrap and still use it today . keep up the good work
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