posted on Aug, 31 2018 @ 09:35 AM
A little while back, a neighbor who works at a factory gave me a pallet. Some may know I build furniture and do wood carving, so I'm always looking
for good wood and sometimes pallets are a great source. Now, not all pallets are created equal. Some are just cheap pine, while those used for
shipping heavy loads are built out of hard woods like Maple and Oak.
This one was 6x8, with 4x4 stringers and the deck boards are about 6 inches wide and roughly 1 1/4 thick. Even after cutting out the sections on each
end and the middle with nail holes, I have 10 usuable- boards at 40 - 42 inches.
But that's not the best part.
I knew the 3 stringers were Oak, but not until I ran them through the jointer plane and got rid of the rough saw marks and surface weathering did I
see that it was beautiful Red Oak.
Still not the best part and you're just not gonna believe this....
Ran the first deck board through and just couldn't believe my eyes at first. I thought " No.Way." " Just No. Friggin. Way"
Now.. it's all Maple, but some of it? Its not just Maple, not just Hard Maple... it's BIRDSEYE MAPLE. About 12 ft of it!!
I'm on my old tablet and posting pics is a pain, but for those that don't know what it is, look up Birdseye Maple, how rare it is and the cost. Be
warned, you will clutch your wallet in shock.
I have roughly 12ft, in boards a little over 6 inches wide and 1 1/4 thick!
With all the whooping and hollering and the Happy Dance I did around my backyard, I'm pretty sure my neighbors think I've finally went completely
over the edge.