where do i find free hardwood (oak, maple, walnut etc)
You will not believe how expensive this crap is.
I often rummage through their 'purple' pile (wood scraps sprayed with a purple mark and sold at an 80% discount) and 99% of it is unacceptably bowed, split, or knotty framing lumber and OSB shaped like hammocks.
They don't give away hardwood, they hardly even handle any. If this was a serious question I would suggest calling around to various woodshops and cabinetmakers and asking if they have any offcuts (rare)
guys, after hours of research I've concluded that the cheapest way to get hardwood is to search for hardwood flooring on craigslist. There seem to be tons of contractors who want to offload flooring leftover from projects but unfortunately they often stipulate that you have to buy all of it (a truckload or so) or fuck off.
Ok, hardwood flooring is a decent source if you need a lot, but there are cheaper sources.
A big percentage of pallets are made of oak, which is why they're so commonly used for projects. You'll need to dissasemble and plane, but good source for small oak boards if you are careful to pick pallets that were probably not treated with nasty stuff.
Second is other shipping lumber. >>886630 has the steel studs shipped in and the strap holders on the bottom are some sort of hardwood (definitely not pine based on the density and wood grain, but not sure exactly what. Probably oak.)
I've also heard that if you're nice at the lumberyard they'll let you take the hardwood shipping lumber (because if a lumberyard has tons of maple boards, they use the uglier ones to ship the rest on instead of paying for pine or whatever).
Next is furniture. if you look, you can find cherry and walnut and oak tables and desks (big slabs), and occasionally mahogany. You'll have to pick through to learn to identify particleboard with a veneer or plywood tops, but even cheap tables often have hardwood legs.
If you'd rather have a lot and are willing to spend a little money, ask your local goodwill or salvation army where they send furniture that doesn't sell. They usually send it to a salvage dealer, and you can pick through all the hardwood tables with dents and scratches for a few dollars.
Dat catfishing profile.
Pretty much all pallets are full of "nasty stuff" stamps only tell you what the manufacturer treated them with. Not anyone down the line.
Cabinet shops often have offcuts that go in the dumpster but they're never big.
If you live in an area with forest, some farmer and rural folks cut down trees and mill them. Often not dired and never kiln dried though. They sell for much cheaper than you'll get anywhere else.
Yea you know it's not like Alan Peters one of the best cabinet makers of the last hundred years used to rip apart old furniture and use it... Oh wait he did as it's the most stable timber youl find. As long as you know what you're looking for you can find amazing boards from antiques, especially mahogany and teak, Christ I re used an old science class teak desk and made a dresser out of the damn thing.
Like I said, you need to be careful about picking the pallets.
From what I've heard, the safest ones are custom sized pallets for domestic shipping. usually they only get sprayed with nasty stuff when going through customs etc, and usually only REALLY bad when going through 3rd world customs.
So if your careful picking, I wouldn't mind having pallets be indoor projects, just not stuff you're in common contact with or will be in contact with food.
Protip, don't use pallet wood for garden boxes, only flower planters.
Check out any place that gets delivery of heavy materials, the pallets and baulks used to support the stuff in transit tends to be made from hard woods, there is a metal wholesalers near me and the baulks used there under the metals are usually super dense heavy hard woods, I've picked up a couple of nice bits there.
Yeah, its not like it could have been used for nasty, disgusting, unsafe stuff after its was made, right?
Science pallets are the best, especially at a university. I work for a Chem Dept, we get shitloads of solvents and the pallets are usually nice and clean. Every so often a scientific instrument gets ordered and that usually means multiple custom size pallets ranging from standard, thick ass high quality plywood, or even on rare occasion moulded plastic.
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>where do i find free money (dollars, pounds, dinero etc)
>You will not believe how expensive this crap is.
pine tree takes 25 years to grow
oak tree takes 150 years to grow
welcome to reality
if you want hardwood to make something nice or sturdy, the cheapest/easiest option (in the USA) is the read oak boards sold at Lowe's and Home Depot
this is already cut into finished boards that are flat & square, so you don't need to do that part (normal hardwood isn't sold like that)
yes it costs more than pine, but it is way harder & stronger.
FYI: you don't use nails in hardwood, you use screws. and you need to drill pilot holes for the screws, or else the wood will split.
i think that's not the point, i read a while ago that paletts have a special chemical coating sometimes/often/always which isn't healthy for daily contact. i think it is so the wood doesn't mold or soak up water.
>if you want hardwood to make something nice or sturdy, the cheapest/easiest option (in the USA) is the read oak boards sold at Lowe's and Home Depot
Easiest, yes. Cheapest, not even close.
>FYI: you don't use nails in hardwood, you use screws. and you need to drill pilot holes for the screws, or else the wood will split.
Nails and screws have different applications. You should pre-drill pilot holes though.
Jeezus, that's... not even that bad. oooh, got touched by dead animal that is clean enough for people to eat... what a disgusting thing. Also, one reason I said look for stuff that would be domestic, not pallets from international markets.
And yeah, standard size pallets can be used for years until they break. Custom sized pallets are usually only used once, though, then thrown away, so only have one thing on them.
... First off I said go for domestic shipping ones, so wouldn't matter. Second you are incorrect. They get sprayed with the regular insecticide in 1st world ports. They get sprayed with bootleg nerve toxin that gives everyone cancer forever because it's slightly cheaper at 3rd world ports.
Many pallets do. You want to look for ones labeled HT and conforming to the international EU standards. Pretty much just wood cooked to slightly polymerize it and kill off everything inside, no chemicals. I wouldn't suggest making cooking tools or tables or clothing drawers or stuff you're in regular contact with, but picture frames, shelves, decorations, ornaments, furniture frames (for the parts under the upholstry), I personally would feel comfortable with, as long as it was labeled in a way that made me feel it probably hadn't been treated with nasty stuff, and there were no stains etc. on it.
MAH PALLETS GUYS!
Dead animals are very bad news. The meat and pallets are handled in very different ways. Wood soaked with shit, urine, and blood are not something you want in your house.
Regular insecticides and pesticides are, get this, toxic to humans. Something made to kill insects and mice, probably isn't too great to handle frequently. Even worse for children and dogs who might chew on it.
You never know what was shipped on that pallet, and you never know what the pallet was shipped under, and you never know what that pallet was set on.
BUT SINGLE USE PALLETS!
Custom sized pallets are usually not single use. I've worked with pallet recyclers before. They take anything wood. They have no issue cutting down a large pallet to make a smaller one with it or use it for parts to repair another pallet.
Plus pallet wood is often treated before it is even formed into a pallet. That wood sits there for a long time, usually just plastic wrapped.