So i had the opportunity to get my hands on some bowling alley lane wood. It was much harder to collect than i anticipated.
Did you know that bowling alley lane wood is NOT 3.5 feet wide but pieces 1 1/16" to 1 1/8" slapped side by side to make 3.5' wide?
There are 30" long pieces of L-brackets under the boards going perpendicular to the wood attached in 4 places. And these are placed every 8' or so all the way down the lane. So if you don't have at least 2 of these L-brackets your "lane" will fall apart when you pick it up.
About every foot and a half of lane there is a cross 2x4 that rests on a 2x4 that runs the length of the lane and a concrete slab under that lane. On top of this cross 2x4 there is a fat piece of felt to cushion the lane. The top 2x4 is nailed into the lower 2x4.
We ended up cutting 7’ long pieces of 2x4 that held the gutter up and placed them tight to the outside of the lane and screwed them into the cross 2x4’s to support them and to prevent them from separating on their own.
Now we took a recip saw and cut the cross 2x4 outside of the 2x4 we just attached. Now we used a 4’ wrecking bar to pry the cross 2x4 we just cut off the other 2x4. Remember I mentioned they were nailed together? Now comes the lifting.
Did you know the underside of the bowling lane has been painted black? Presumably to keep out moisture?
Did you know the first 19’ or so is maple and then it becomes something else? I believe mine is pine and it runs down until the pin section where it becomes maple again.
I’m probably not going to get to do anything with this wood for awhile and was wondering if I need to paint of coat the exposed ends to keep it from taking moisture.
When I am ready to make a table or something do I pull these apart and glue in between or should I try to drill a hole through the sides and run a threaded rod and bolt up the ends to hold it together?