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    • August 28, 2018 4:29 PM EDT
    • Yup, that is how its done. I have reclaimed a decent amount of wood that way.

    • August 28, 2018 2:50 PM EDT
    • I have a house that is over 100 years old, and in the past got a load of cedar channel siding that was reclaimed from a similar house. Many of the pieces were only 1-2 feet long, so not very useful for repairs, but very useful for model bridge building (and other scale lumber use) because it is all old-growth cedar as shown in Photo 1. It is very likely that you can find a recycled building material company in your area where you can obtain old cedar or redwood.


      Raw Material


      I did quite a lot of research into reclaiming wood on the internet to learn from pros. There are a few things that need to be done to prepare reclaimed wood for processing. First, reclaimed wood is likely dirty. Hose and brush it off thoroughly to remove dirt and small stones. Next, and most important, remove all nails and screws before cutting or ripping with power tools. A nail will ruin a saw blade and perhaps cause dangerous kick-back. Suitable tools are medium hammer, pry bar or pliers. If you can’t pull a nail because of the tight bond with the wood, you can drill right next to the nail with a small bit to relieve some of the pressure holding it in place. Use an old or cheap bit, as it will get dulled by contact with the nails.


      Use a sander to remove irregularities and smooth the surfaces for easier handling on the saw. Remaining nails may show up after sanding, as they will perhaps be shiny, but don’t count on that. Old, rusty square (iron) nails are not shiny.


      Completely hidden nails can be located using a rare-earth magnet suspended with fine string or fishing line as shown in Photo 2. This can be passed closely over the wood surface, and will be strongly attracted to any remaining iron or steel. Mark the location with chalk so you can easily find it later. The magnet allowed me to find a ½” piece of square nail that was completely inside the board – no head and nothing visible on either side.


      Magnet, Nails and Wood


      The severe weathering of the siding only extends a little ways in from the ends in most cases, and a fraction of an inch in depth. Note in the photo how tight the grain is, and how nice the cedar coloring still is even after 100 years except where rust has discolored the wood.


      To prepare the wood for ripping, I took a small amount off the edges of each piece to provide a straight edge. If both edges are too uneven to get a good rip cut, temporarily nail a straight board slightly overhanging the ragged edge to run against the rip fence.


      I finish the ripped wood using 60-grit sandpaper in a palm sander to smooth the sides and get to correct finished size.


    • August 8, 2018 8:00 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      guess most people are still using a rotary dial phone, LOL

      Well there are some downsides to this gadget, it's definitely not perfect.

      So, it has it's place but for the downsides, I think I'll stick to my methods.


      It's apparently been invented for quick in the field splices of "holiday lights".



    • August 8, 2018 7:53 PM EDT
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:
      Bill Barnwell said:

      guess most people are still using a rotary dial phone, LOL


      Nope I have a flip phone !!


      I have an I phone that I hate using for telephone calls.


      Staying on "topic" after rereading twice as suggested. Nothing is "waterproof" except a frogs ass. However that is my opinion only or for those that prefer text...IMO

    • August 8, 2018 12:04 PM EDT
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      guess most people are still using a rotary dial phone, LOL


      Nope I have a flip phone !!


    • August 8, 2018 11:43 AM EDT
    • guess most people are still using a rotary dial phone, LOL

    • August 8, 2018 8:33 AM EDT
    • Here is a link that shows you how to solder them.


    • August 8, 2018 8:05 AM EDT
    • Seems iffy to me, I guess I'm an old school guy who likes to be able to inspect solder connections before covering them up. With these I guess the only way to check for a good connection would be a pull test. Without a proper amount of flux you might just end up with wires that are touching but not properly soldered. Water resistant maybe, very few things are water proof !

    • August 8, 2018 7:21 AM EDT
    • I will stick to the solder of old for a higher melting temperature, esp. for outdoors.  I do use heat shrink over my connections.

    • August 7, 2018 6:05 PM EDT
    • Those are interesting , I like the idea

    • August 7, 2018 4:44 PM EDT
    • Homie Shack?


      Oh the joke potential right there......

    • August 7, 2018 11:58 AM EDT
    • Found this on Facebook and it is heat shrink tubing with a metal connector inside that is made out of low temp solder, insert the 2 wires mesh together and heat and you wind up with a water proof electrical bond, Billwater proof comnnector

    • July 8, 2018 6:21 PM EDT
    • Hobby Lobby

    • July 8, 2018 6:10 PM EDT
    • What Big Box store did you visit, I may wander by one we are is same area ... kinda

    • July 8, 2018 5:38 PM EDT
    • Practice on soda cans.  If you can learn to paint one of those, you can paint anything.

    • July 8, 2018 4:37 PM EDT
    • Cool. Once you get the knack, airbrushes are a great tool to have.

    • July 8, 2018 1:24 PM EDT
    • Had to go to town on Friday, and stopped by the big box hobby and craft store to buy some copper rod for making hand rails. I noticed they had most of their airbrushes and accessories marked down for clearance. I picked up an Iwata Neo airbrush kit. It was originally priced at $239, marked down to $169, and was being cleared out for 50% of the lowest marked price. Paid $85 dollars plus tax for the kit. It came with airbrush, compressor, hose, three bottles of paint and a bottle of cleaner. Spent some time this morning playing around with it. The yellow paint was the perfect color for a model of a Porsche 914 kit I picked up for the layout. I'm doing the kit to look like my very first car, which was a yellow 1971 Porsche 914.




    • June 21, 2018 9:02 PM EDT
    • in my case, there was too much time spent on my other hobby - volunteer firefighter.

      and now, since that is history, i'm really busy catching up with all the small repairs in house and generalstore.

      and, i can't deny any more, that age makes me slower. the metalic age, you know...

      silver on the head, gold in the mouth and lead in the bottom.