Wood Find (Deal or No Deal) - Need Advice ASAP

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Blog entry by Biscuit posted 07-27-2010 03:49 AM 1241 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m fairly new to woodworking. I’ve actually spent more time acquiring tools and setting up my shop than building anything but am I am looking to take the plunge into a serious project. I love mission style furniture and am planning on starting a couple of morris chairs and ottomans. The plans I have specify that most of the wood required for the project is 3/4 quartersawn white oak. I had planned to buy 4/4 stock and plane it down to thickness but recently came accross about 150 BF of quartersawn white oak already planed down to 13/16. The guy apparently bought it to build a bedroom suit 7 years ago and it has been stored flat in his shed since then. He was originally asking $3.50/BF but I’ve talked him down to $425 for the whole lot ($2.83/BF). There are about 17 12’ boards ranging in width from 7-10.5”. Is this a good deal? I know it is from a pure price perspective. Is there any downside to buying 13/16 and not milling 4/4 myself? Anything in particular that I need to look for when I’m checking out the wood? Any advice would be much appreciated. I need to decide whether to pull the trigger ASAP,

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 04:31 AM

I’s say 2.83 for QSWO is a fair price. Are there knots? They lead to alot of waste. If it’s already close to 3/4 inch thickness it better be dead flat (no bows or twists) cause there is no room to joint it.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 04:55 AM

That’s an absolute freakin’ SCORE! Break the speed limit getting to this guy’s location before you get aced out! I can’t get there ahead of you from Sunny California, or I’d have it already. The very worst that happens is you plane it thinner for another project. Also, in some areas, you can build it so the thinner parts don’t show. RUN FOR IT!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 05:36 AM

Do it! Have you checked the price of QSWO lately … and if the thickness works for the project your job is half done. if not, you have some awesome wood for the next project.

-- Don

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 02:04 PM

If the boards are flat and nearly knot free, then you are getting a good deal. You might want to check for any wood movement since he milled them. As Dock already noted, you don’t have much wiggle room to get them to the dimensions you want. Quartersawn wood fetches a higher price at the mills, one price sheet I have sets at approx 4.50 a board foot. But this is for a grade that is guaranteed to be free of knots and splits. If everything is milled well, then the guy did you a favor and you are getting planed lumber instead of rough lumber and your work is greatly reduced.

Good luck on your project,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 05:05 PM

I am with everyone on here get over there as fast as you can. Look for knots and checks. Other than that get to building. and with planing own a 1/16 of an inch, thats a whole lot less money on the floor than 4/4. Good Luck!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 02:11 AM

It has been 9 hours since the last post and I hope it means you are already busy hauling it home, if not, whatchawaitinfor? Run, run, RUN!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 03:07 AM

Thanks for commenting. I’m going to check the lumber out tommorrow after work. The guy tells me its clear, so if it’s flat I’m sold. As Doc and David pointed out, with only 1/16 to work with any bows or twists are a deal breaker. I calculated the quantity based upon the dimensions that he provided and it turns out the lot is closer to 120 BF than 150 BF so I don’t know what I’ll end up paying for it but it won’t be more than $3.50/BF. I figure with 4/4 QSWO going for $5-7/BF around here depending on width, I’m still doing pretty good at $3.50/BF. Now if I can keep from turn it into kindling I’m golden.

-- Biscuit (Delaware, Ohio)

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 04:22 AM

What was his address, again???

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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