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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Various Woodworking & Crafts Topics => Topic started by: Rob-GB on August 14, 2010, 08:00 AM

Title: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Rob-GB on August 14, 2010, 08:00 AM
A visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset UK, brought this one to light.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_4Prh-kD7KMY/TGaB7S2UfkI/AAAAAAAAAjY/pT1n6eTPSiM/s576/DSC00738.JPG)

Caught in a fishing net off the south coast in 1972, covered in sea growths, it was inspected by a bomb disposal team, who reported only hearing the munching of marine worms when checking it with a stethoscope.  [laughing]
It turned out to be a practice torpedo from the 1940's. Although the coloring of it looks like oak a close look by yours truly has deduced it is Douglas Fir.

Anyone got some other examples of unusual wooden things?

Rob.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Wim on August 15, 2010, 07:27 AM
During WW2, the Germans set up some fake airfields to draw away the Allied bombers from the real fields. They even had wood-and-fabric planes on trolleys and soldiers, who drove around with trucks to show activity. But the Allies were not fooled. From reconnaissance flights and the Underground they knew it all. And they did a few bomb runs with wooden bombs.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Der Flickschuster on August 15, 2010, 11:53 AM
Somewhere in my slide carousels are some pictures of wooden water pipes. These also are from WWII - I photographed them on Attu Island.  They are either hexagonal or octagonal, and are wire-bound; made out of redwood if I recall correctly and with an i.d. of about 8 inches.  My understanding is that wooden pipes were not uncommon 60-120 years ago, but it would be exceedingly rare to find them today.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: WarnerConstCo. on August 15, 2010, 12:47 PM
Wood gutters.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Peter Halle on August 15, 2010, 12:53 PM
How about the La Caja China grill?

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Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: jonny round boy on August 15, 2010, 12:54 PM
Wood gutters.

They're not that unusual, at least here in the UK. There are thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands) of homes here with wooden guttering. Mainly low-cost terraced housing, built from around 1880 to 1900. I'm typing this in a house with wooden gutters.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Deansocial on August 15, 2010, 12:59 PM
yeah i worked in places with wooden gutter, they last years. Also have to be replaced with wooden gutters aswell as often they are in conservation areas
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Peter Halle on August 15, 2010, 01:22 PM
There is always the Spruce Goose.  Spruce Goose (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hughes_H-4_Hercules)
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: bobbobbob on August 15, 2010, 02:12 PM
Here's a couple of links to pictures of Boeing's plant 2 fake neighborhood on roof:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/localnews2012449171/8.html (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/localnews2012449171/8.html)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/localnews2012449171/9.html (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/photogalleries/localnews2012449171/9.html)

and the accomodating story:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012449369_boeingplant26m.html (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012449369_boeingplant26m.html)

Also wood stave pipes were used in this area not that long ago (click on right arrow for several more photos):
http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=wood+stave+water+pipe&S2=&S3=&l=100&Sect7=THUMBON&Sect6=HITOFF&Sect5=PHOT1&Sect4=AND&Sect3=PLURON&d=PHO2&p=1&u=%2F%7Epublic%2Fphot1.htm&r=1&f=G (http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=wood+stave+water+pipe&S2=&S3=&l=100&Sect7=THUMBON&Sect6=HITOFF&Sect5=PHOT1&Sect4=AND&Sect3=PLURON&d=PHO2&p=1&u=%2F%7Epublic%2Fphot1.htm&r=1&f=G)


Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Besttool on August 15, 2010, 02:39 PM
What about this:
The Wooden Car - The Future *MUST SEE* (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgQdjx-oEdo#ws)
Customised Wooden VW Beetle Car (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2RpbaT2LDg#)
Ukrainians build wooden monster car (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxTkjBe8eDQ#)
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Notorious T.O.D. on August 15, 2010, 02:44 PM
The shakers used logs with holes cored down the middle for pipes too.  Had some on display at the Shaker Museum in Mass.

Best,
Todd
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Rob-GB on August 16, 2010, 12:18 PM
Thanks for those guys, there must be some more, possibly weird uses  [scared]
I heard a rumour that one of the early American presidents had wooden dentures, if so what wood was used?

Rob.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: jonny round boy on August 16, 2010, 12:21 PM
Wooden dentures were quite common in the past, but I'd have thought a president would be able to afford better ones.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Peter Halle on August 16, 2010, 08:53 PM
One of my most favorite clients is an author and expert on American presidents.  I will ask him tomorrow.

He was involved in TV and advertising as TV was in its infancy.  He has had a life that is unbelievable.  He even was a sensor for the tv show Saturday Night Live from the second season on to the ...

Wooden dentures will be researched.

Peter
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Greg Powers on September 03, 2010, 06:55 PM
Wood body car for the 1930's

Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Eli on September 04, 2010, 01:31 AM
I think it was Washington with wooden dentures.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: walshy2 on September 06, 2010, 05:34 AM
Check out the wooden robots (http://unusual-things.blogspot.com/2010/05/delicious-and-utterly-irresistible.html)at this site or check ou the beginners woodworking projects here. [eek] (http://www.woodworking4homecentre.com/projects/beginners-woodworking-project)
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Dovetail65 on September 06, 2010, 07:49 AM
I love the steam punk robots!

Here is a nice wood item, 20.00 for the keyboard and mouse:

Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Chris Meggersee on September 22, 2010, 06:59 AM
Here (http://www.idostuff.co.uk/sections/DIY/Wooden%20motorcycle/Kierans%20woody.html) you go.

I knew they made cars out of wood but that is impressive.
Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: Sparktrician on September 22, 2010, 07:35 AM
My grandfather worked for a company in Cleveland that made packing crates for parts for Ford cars.  The specifications were very tight as to dimensions and pre-drilled hole sizes and locations.  When the crates were filled and trucked to the Ford plant, inspectors would check the crates very closely.  If the crates were not made exactly right, the whole shipment was rejected, unopened.  Turns out that Ford was using the broken-down crates as floorboards for Model T cars. 

Title: Re: Unusual uses for wood
Post by: William Herrold on October 11, 2010, 03:27 PM
O'l Henry really wanted his trains to run on time