Seems that the hobbyist mind is obsessed with getting cheap or free wood. Strange that someone would invest so much time, effort, money on tools and then choose wood that will cause problems all through the project. When finished, what do you have? Something that would be more at home in a college dorm? If you cook a meal, do you look for free food, dumpster dive use outdated or unfresh ingredients? If you do a business like assessment, breaking down your labor time, shop equipment, utilities and material costs, the cost of wood is almost negligible, woodworking is labor intensive.
When a logger drops a tree, it's immediately graded. The very best logs go to a veneer mill, the next quality goes for furniture, the next construction lumber. Pallet wood has been graded as the lowest quality, about equal to firewood. If you go to the pallet factory, buy the wood before it was made into a pallet, treated, shipped wherever, you would still have crappy wood. If you should hit a grain of sand in the wood, it can ruin a cutter. You can end up hurting a lot of your cutters and blades to save a few dollars. I have trouble understanding this mentality. The entire woodworking process goes so much easier, no compromises, no harm to your tools and you have something that looks great, not something you are always making excuses for, if you use quality lumber.
Oh, so very misguided. So are you saying that since the wood is used, free, hasn't been graded as the highest quality furniture lumber that anything produced from it could only be fit for a dorm room? Is that what your really saying? Like you, I have some trouble understanding this mentality.
So, are you saying the table in my attachment is only fit for a dorm room?
The wood was used, obviously not the highest grade lumber you could buy. It had numerous nails in it. It was filthy and beaten from years of use. It's was grey and black in color - had to get out the pocket knife to see what kind of wood it was. It wasn't even close to being straight or flat, some of the edges were rounded off, had some bug damage in the ends. Some of it needed to be resawn is was so bad. It didnt stack very neatly in the back of my truck. After I looked at it for a while, I said, let's take a week and make some dorm room furniture out of this.
So, after some craftsmanship (no screws, bolts, nails) and some effort, we arrive at a quality built piece that I bet more than a few people would be proud to put in their dining room (oh, sorry, I mean dorm room) and while many that would be too good to work with reclaimed material are left scratching their head wondering how it's done. Heck, I didn't even hit a grain of sand and ruin a cutter and I still have a few blades left for the next project.
What do you think of my "frat house" table? Should I be making excuses for it, as you say? If so, I can show you hundreds of other tables from reclaimed material that I've made using quality construction methods and materials and most importantly, immeasurable pride. My business assessment (and subsequent bank account) and hundreds of very satisfied and proud clients assure me I'm on the right track. But then again, maybe my "hobbyist mind" is wondering again.
Some of us arent looking for easy. Maybe some of us like working with reclaimed material, know the value wood and are also mindful of the next 30 acres of nice hardwoods that disappears because somebody wants to make a fancy cigar box.
How's the view from all the way up there?