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post #1 of 15 Old 04-29-2015, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Any ideas?

Picking up after having new hardwood floor laid in the kitchen and dining room. I have a bunch of t & g finished maple strips 10-20" long as well as a full box left that they left for me. I know I got to keep some of it in case (I mean when) something happens and some of it has to be replaced, but any ideas to do with the rest of it? It's some nice stuff. Hate to see it go to waste.

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Is it solid maple or some form of laminate? If its solid, then you can really use it for anything you'd use solid wood for, just scrape/plane/sand/strip the finish off. If its laminated, well, good luck

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Not laminate - real hardwood.

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I've made cabinets from old hardwood flooring before.
Just be careful about planing any wood with a finish on it,
some will eat planer knives.

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You can make a table out of it......
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basically super nice lumber. does whatever you can come up with.
benches.
table top, joined boards.
headboards
picture frames
depends on how much you have, make a shed out of it. shed floor etc
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basically super nice lumber. does whatever you can come up with.
benches.
table top, joined boards.
headboards
picture frames
depends on how much you have, make a shed out of it. shed floor etc
The ideas mentioned by Rabies are equally good.

You can even build socket caddy from hardwood scrap.

Whereas, building a doormats for garage space is equally a good idea. All you have to do is to drill uniform holes through the wooden planks and run string through them to hold it tightly. You can build it on your own, if you have a prior knowledge about it.
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If you have enough in the 20" lengths, it would make a good top for an end table. But don't stain it green.
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I hate green!!!! Was also thinking about using the CNC to make name signs or whatever short little saying someone would want. Should leave a nice clean cut. Just don't want it to go to waste.

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I just brought home a box of pre-finished oak flooring left over from a job at work.

Ive been trying to think of a way to use it in a project but the fact its already finished is making it hard. Only thing Ive been able to come up with so far is some sort of top, with all other wood being different, and a contrast finish.

I really dont want to sand down the oak as #1 it would put it at an odd thickness, and #2 its just too nice as is.
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I've had this same issue lately with scraps... And for the finish removal all I can come up with is removing the grooves on the back with the table saw in two passes, and then removing the finish face the same way.
I'm going to try it tomorrow, as the first batch I tried a few months ago was done with a power plane and yielded poor results.
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I'm thinking along the lines of using it finished for something. It is nice wood. That's why the CNC carving came to mind. I'll have to try a piece and see how it works.

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I'm thinking along the lines of using it finished for something. It is nice wood. That's why the CNC carving came to mind. I'll have to try a piece and see how it works.

HJ

Got to put the thinking cap on

I don't have a CNC, but I think they would be neat for some projects.
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You can use it in your store room (to make some shelfs if you need). Another simple way - you can sell it out. I bet you'll have a lot of clients. Because as I understand that hardwood looks fresh. By the way what did you decide to do with it?
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Nothing yet. It's still stacked in the kitchen corner. Cabinet people are supposed to be here Monday (7 weeks late) so I got to find a place in the basement now. Thinking of using the loose scraps for something and keeping the full box for repairs (if needed) down the road.

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