The first section of our subdivision has been completed a year or so with section two starting I think in the spring. The general contractor keeps a 30’ dumpster in place for all the subs to use. Long story short, between the custom build cabinets, and all the other upgrades people want, I am a dumpster diver. Just tons of beautiful oak, cherry and pine “scraps.” On one occasion I found 4 dark rough cut boards about 8×6×4, turned out to be beautiful walnut. So check those dumpsters.
Someone actually threw a 8×6×4 piece of walnut in a dumpster, people never cease to amaze me! I have found some real nice cherry 4"x 4″×4′ used to put between pallets at work and best of all no nail holes!
I used to drop by a custom door store. They used all manner of fine woods and I got lots of African mahogany, teak and so forth. The public would drop by and grab it for fire wood. In their ignorance, they’d burn 2″ × 12″ x 24" chunks of mahogany, teak and so forth.
My coat rack -family name-shelf on the creations page was all from their toss asides.
I do a lot of smaller projects. Reach out to the woodshop teacher at the local high school. Every semester they throw out or give away boxes of cut-offs and scraps.
I’ve gotten some beautiful Burl walnut and maple that I saved from a fireplace.
Offer to talk to the class in exchange for a few boxes of scraps.
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