Adventures in Finding Cheep Quality Wood

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Blog entry by AllTen posted 10-31-2009 05:24 PM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start off by saying; yes the title is a bit of an unreal statement at times, but some times you can do it. About a week or two ago I found a deal on for some cheep red oak. Now I have been trying to get around the price of finishing off one of my friends projects for him on the cheep seeing how its cost him a lot of money all ready. So two days ago I called the gentlemen from the add and he said he had a deal for me. He has about 30 or so 2×12 and 8 to 12ft long pieces of red oak that he is trying to get ride of and says that his dad cut them down 25+ years ago and he just wants it gone so he can move his boat in to this storage where the wood is being kept. He was going to make another gentlemen that was buying power tools from him take all the wood as well. I told the man I was really interested in the wood and how much was he thinking off getting ride of it for. Well he tells me he will let the hole lot of wood go for $200. Mind you there is also some walnut in there. Deal and two days later I’m off on a road trip two hours away to get some wood for a deal. I think to my self, this isn’t going to be to bad drive two hours, load up in an hour and two hours back home say total six hours. Well that’s not how it always goes. Needless to say we got off to a bit of a late start and got there later then I wanted to. Never less we get there take a look at what he has for sell and figure out that its a steal of a deal and start loading this double axle trailer my friend let me borrow from him. So as we are loading and the pile of wood keeps getting higher and higher I start thinking in the back of my head, “I hope the truck will pull the load!” We get it loaded and trust me its a lot of wood a lot of white oak. We thought the smart way to load this trailer would be right between the axles to keep the tong weight down. This was a bit of a mistake we come to find out as we are leaving town with a trailer overloaded and a little TrialBlazer in-line six, pulling some big weight. I pull out on to the interstate and start down the road going about 40 mph. Well as we are come down the the first hill I figure I’ll pick up a little speed and get a move on. Well about that point we are moving some where between 45 and 50 mph. The next thing I know is I’m being slammed from one side to the other and the truck is all over both lanes. The poor people behind me are backed way off at this point because I’m sure they are thinking I’m about to flip and things are going to get real ugly real quick. Thank the big man in the sky because I managed to get control back and got the speed back down to 40 mph. We kept going for a mile or so and pulled off the road to a Flying J’s truck to stop and pull what seat was left out of our rectum and make sure the load was still good. Made a few phone calls and come to find out that we should have put some more weight forward on the trailer tong to keep it from doing that. At this point its so late and I really don’t want to reload all that wood we just stuck to going 40 mph all the way back home. Needless to say it was a long trip but I think it will be worth it in the end. Well let me know what you all think. I’m off to off load all the wood and buy a new pair of underwear! !!

-- Still have all ten fingers, its been a good day.

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 05:54 PM

Looks like a good deal. Oak is always nice to work. I can relate to your trailer drive. I have a sincle axle 5×10 open utility trailer that I stacked with oak flooring and teak flooring when renovating my house. It was stacked about 4 ft high and strapped down with every strap I own. I have a 06 Toyota Rav4 with a 3.5 liter 6 engine and it was a struggle to say the least, and I was not transporting a good deal, just flooring at normal prices.
A 60 mile trip I would not want to make again unless I got a super deal like yours.

I know you will find many good uses for your new lumber find.

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#2 posted 10-31-2009 05:58 PM

oh yea…i can see from this picture..the load is to far back..not enough tongue wieght….as you mentioned…and as you found out…...well i can totally understand your situation… story and experience was much worse…...i had to bring home a load of 2×10x16’s…now get this…being pulled by a 1994 Toyota corolla…had to bring the load 10 miles…...way to much weight was in the back… fact the back wheels were almost off the ground..yes..i was stupid and young..but was thinking i got to get this home and I’m on my own…well my story got ugly…..i got the swaying….lost control…...the trailer jack knifed…came up along side the car… load flew off …scattered across the two lane road…and there i sat…with a 17 year old son with me…..well needless to say..after i cleaned out my shorts…gathered my wood off the road…i went back to wear i bought the lumber…..they said…....oh…with the amount you bought…we would have delivered it for free… can imagine my thoughts at this point…....well we got the wood home and life went on…with a huge dent in the side of my car….so see…i think i know what happened to you with this…ya think…… and learn…....i now own a nice Ole 1980 Chevy cheyanne….and a stout trailer….so I’m ready this next time….lol…...good story…reminded me of mine….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 06:01 PM

Tons of wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 06:51 PM

Point is, you made it home and learned a valuable lesson. Now, on to those projects!!

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 08:37 PM

i see you are from moore, yeah cl can be neat for finding deals.

-- Got Wood?

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 08:34 AM

Holy cow, sweet deal. Hope you got somewhere to store all that wood. I’d let you store some of in my shop till I used it up if I had the room. LOL!

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#7 posted 11-02-2009 06:32 PM

That which doesn’t kill you…

Henry Jones II
thinker of wood
frightened of the table saw
turner of lathes
fan of woodworkers store


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