Diary of a Wood Hoarder #1: In the beginning was...broken chairs

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Blog entry by CFrye posted 07-18-2014 04:35 PM 3409 reads 1 time favorited 81 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Seems only right to start this with “Hi, my name is Candy. I am a wood hoarder.” And I’ve only begun!
I’ve been actually woodworking for a year and a half (more or less). Available hardwoods at the local box store consisted of red oak and poplar. Now don’t get me wrong, there is some amazing figure in quarter sawn red oak and beautiful color variation in poplar. However it didn’t take long, hanging out here at Lumberjocks, for me to be craving some variety.
So I took advantage of the Annual Town Clean Up and snagged a few broken dining room chairs some one tossed out for the trash man to pick up. Yup, they were maple. I cut up the seat of one and the edge of one piece was birds eye! I would never be able to work in a furniture factory if I had to hide a piece of bird’s eye maple in the middle of a chair seat like that!

Then a friend posted a pic on Facebook about the trash washed up on the lakeshore. Among the ‘trash’ was an old rocker they were going to burn. I got that. Maple there too.

The firewood pile? “That’s too pretty to burn!” Is heard a lot (and not just by me-hubby says it too)!
A friend and coworker, Julie, told me about a wild cherry tree they had taken down out of their yard. Did I want that?

This is where it began…

-- God bless, Candy

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 04:40 PM

Mine started with some ranchers telling me that they had to burn all of the red cedar trees in their area to clear it out. Mortified about all of that aromatic red cedar being burned, I decided that it was my duty to salvage it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 04:42 PM

Awesome, Monte!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 04:58 PM

well, candy went and done it, we might as well all sit in a circle and tell our names, and make our confessions…yes i am a wood hoarder, and at my current rate of falling apart, i shall never be able to use it all, if candy could come south with a large trailer, i would load you up…free….lol….everywhere you look around my shop are stacks of old wood, that i salvaged…oak, cedar, heartpine, a new stack of walnut…im having my doubts i shall get to much of it…but…someday someone will use it…another wood hoarder will come along…lol… my name is grizzman bob, and im a wood hoarder…

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

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 05:13 PM

I routinely keep an eye out for dressers with drawers. Most of the time the drawer fronts are something better than pine once you get the finish off of them. The drawer sides, backs and bottoms have uses too.

Speaking of hoarding though, I have several 1×10’s that were given to me. They don’t look or feel like pine to me. I just can’t decide what project would merit my using them up. If I keep them, I’ll always have them, right?

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 06:21 PM

I don’t have a problem. I don’t have a problem. I don’t have a problem…....................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 06:21 PM

Oh no, Candy! You’ve been diagnosed, too? :)

Anyone know why our society ‘recycles’ plastic, but leaves wood out to rot or as trash? Maybe we need to start a Wood Recycle USA business…”Yes, ma’am, we can get rid of that old walnut dresser for you. AND that fallen Ash over there, too.” LOL.

Keep up the good work, Candy. Pretty soon you’ll be re-building those chairs into fine furniture!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 06:57 PM

HAHAHA! I knew I wasn’t alone!
Bob, Somewhere I got the idea you were up north! 22 hour round trip to your place…That’s just a day trip, right?
Exactly Dave!
Hoarding is NOT the problem, Mike. Finding a place to put it all is the problem!
OK Terry, you are voted the president and CEO! You ever do anything with the chair part you got with your plane?

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 07:04 PM

Every single day I check the free listings on Craigslist searching for wood and lumber. I’ve yet to find anything good, just beat up pallets and old torn down fences. I kept deluding myself into thinking that some day I’ll find a listing with some old growth wood in wide boards, free for the taking. Someday.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 07:07 PM

Keep the faith, Brian!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 07:13 PM

BT, you are only 165 miles from me….. Come cut down some of the cedar and Oak we have.

I’ll let you use my chainsaw mill to slab it to any size you want.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 07:14 PM

Well, you see I’ve got this rack with 1000+ bf of lumber I bought on CL, and there’s 1000 bf of cherry I bought and paid for 2.5 years ago that I still haven’t brought home from the man I bought it from.

Also, I found a solid coffee table on the side of the road with one leg broken. I’ll have to take a photo of it.

My theory is if you buy a lot of lumber and kinda forget how much you paid for it, when it’s time to use it, it’s free.

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#12 posted 07-18-2014 07:19 PM


There was a local listing on CL something like 10 ac of red cedar that is free for the cutting. The only thing is they want you to remove the stumps too. I don’t see the listing today.

There is this, however – with 12 cedars – you don’t even have to remove the tops.


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#13 posted 07-18-2014 07:22 PM

Sounds like a good theory to me, Ocelot! For some reason, it works for the hubby’s stash, but not for mine, In his mind, anyway…
I’m beginning to see a trend in Alabama.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 07-18-2014 07:28 PM

these wood hoarders are every where ,had some over for a cook out and they were going thur the fire wood loading it on there truck. :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 07-18-2014 07:31 PM

Perhaps I shouldn’t laugh at your “affliction” as to some degree we all “suffer”.
But your post is written with such good humour and honesty it’s hard not to.
You may have a new career as a counsellor.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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