My friend Travis (http://shoestringrestoration.com/) sent me an email one day to say he left some wood that he thought was wormy chestnut on my front porch. He told me that, “It was a little bit rough and was odd and ends and if I didn’t want it, he would come by and pick it up”. Wormy chestnut? No problem, I will take what ever you have.
I wanted to build a machinist’s work chest but just didn’t have enough salvaged lumber to complete the project so I just laid out the lumber I had and worked out a plan to maximize the material. I was able to plane the mismatched wood, remove the burn and rot and end up with enough board-feet to complete a 20″x18x11″ work box.