Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Santa Barbara, CA.
clean up lots of Oak
Ok, so some of you will call me names, I did a bad thing.
About 10 years ago, I inherited a mess of a house with no garage. I moved from my old house/shop to the new one and left about 300 bd/ft of Oak in a corner of the backyard under a tarp while we fixed up the new house and more importantly built a shop (24ft.X46ft), then I got a car to restore and worked on that. Ok, house is done, shop is done, car is done, lets make sawdust.
Issue is years ago the tarp rotted and the Oak boards have been sitting out in the weather, they are mostly all grey and weathered. The ones in the middle of the pile seem pretty good, they are between 8ft and 14ft long, varying widths. There is some 5/4 in there, I can plane those down and clean up the weathering. What do I do with the rest ? I really want to clean it up and use it, I know its been rained on so there may be moisture issues, there are some termite issues (very minor so far), I want to build shop cabinets so nothing too critical but will not want to paint them.
I am going to go through them this weekend, turn the badly twisted ones into kindling for my Pizza oven, sort the rest into what I hope is a good sized "save" pile. I am thinking scrub brush and water will clean some and bleaching with oxalic acid may clean them up enough to be used for shop furniture. Any one out ever done this dumb a thing and ruin a good pile of wood and try to save it ? Anything better than oxalic ? The other option I guess is to resaw or plane them down to 1/2 for something, but that seems like the wrong choice.
I just play with wood in order to make sawdust, I make the very best sawdust.