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I pulled the redwood raft out of my lake last week, where is has served me well for more than 25yrs. I bought it when it was 30years old. It is a little worn but I can't scrap it. I am a compulsive wood hoarder. I have to trim the ends, cut away the muskrat chewings, pull the nails and store it in my barn attic.

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I nearly did not post this photo because I did not want you guys to know I have a Harbor Freight tape measure and an old crappy table saw!

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Some of you will get the wood hoarding and most will think (know) me crazy. This stuff has to be hundreds of years old and from thousands of miles away.

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...some don't call it hoarding. Some call it respect for things in themselves. I too am a hoarder of good looking wood scraps, and often end up making something really great, like the frame for this stain glass panel as a gift for an in-law. The wood was a three foot length of mahogany flooring that I ripped in half and and had only about an inch of leftover length. The wood was so hard I only pinned it with cut-off nails at the joints and held the whole work together with silicone caulk front and back.

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I nearly did not post this photo because I did not want you guys to know I have a Harbor Freight tape measure and an old crappy table saw!

Never mind the tape measure-- what's with the hammer?

The wood is worth saving. My scrap rack is bordering on OCD as well but just yesterday I found the perfect piece to recreate a rebate on 1830's sash. No machining necessary I just had to cut to length using my awesome Japanese pull saw. If I was rich, I'd buy everyone I know a Japanese pull saw because they're that awesome.

Except you Les, I'd buy you a Chinese made Japanese style pull saw to go with your Harbor Freight motif.

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My grandfather (when he homesteaded in NE Montana in the late 1890s and early 1900s built a sizeable barn. As with many things time took it's toll and it fell down after many years of neglect. I was living in Salt Lake City at the time (during my first marriage) and my wife and I recovered a bunch of the original barn boards, hauled them to SLC and put them on one of our basement walls.

How I wish those 'aged boards' could have been more transportable.

I have no clue as to status of those barn boards today. It is possible the follow on homeowners may not have even had a clue.

Such memories.

Les - great wood to collect.

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