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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 08-01-2011 06:03 AM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a chance to check out Saw Mill. I had long wanted to check out his operation and maybe pick up some wood.

I was really impressed with Joe and his operation. He is a man of few words but knows his stuff and will make you a great deal on local lumber, especially for 100bf or more.

He has Western Big Leaf Straight Lined S2S 4/4 at $1.89bf with a 100bf minimum. Or you can go real low with rough cut 4/4 stock at $1.25 bf. If you are looking for bulk lumber and have a jointer & planer the price can’t be beat.

But I wasn’t looking for Maple, I already have enough Maple. I was after some Madrone for my cutting boards & Boy did I make out like a bandit. He had been sitting on over 300bf of ugly Madrone shorts for quite some time. It is beautiful wood but there wasn’t a lot of long clear boards. But hey I need it for End grain Cutting boards so I really only need 2 or 3 feet of clear wood at a time and only up to 3.25 inches wide. The coloring is great, from a cream to a some great reds. Should make some nice boards.

The Gloat is the deal I got on it. Ended up getting the entire lot for $250!!!

While I was there I brought up the topic of Black Locust. Boy was that a good move. He brought out a pallet of 18 foot long slabs, all try and ready for use. I bought one on the spot without even a thought of what kind of deal I was getting. It cost me $100, I am not sure that is a very good deal but I know it is going to make a couple of beautiful tables! I think, really not exactly sure what to do with these beauties! I am looking for ideas.

Here are a couple shots of 1/4 of the slab that I ran through the drum sander.

Here is a shot of the rest of the slab. Oh and my completely organized shelves can be seen in the background.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 08:50 AM


That will make a lot of boards.

I love their price on maple. Unfortunately I am too far away, shipping woulb be expensive.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 02:38 PM

Great find! Your locust slab is going to make a beautiful bench or table. Don’t hang around the sawmill too much or you are going to start lusting after one of your own. LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 03:44 PM

I think you have your self a Great Deal!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 03:50 PM

Unfortunately, around here, black locust usually ends up being fence posts.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 04:01 PM

sounds like you had a wonderful time and you scored some beautiful wood, have a great time using it for whatever you choose…nothing like going to the mill and getting wood, and good deals at that…

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

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 05:08 PM

I feel so sorry for you. The decision process on the slab of Black Locust is so unwarranted. Just mount it on the wall and set back and drool until Momma brings you a bib. lol Before to long she will tell you what to make out of it. lol
Seriously, that is a beautiful grain. But I don’t see it as end grain. How about book matched doors of drawer fronts?

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#7 posted 08-02-2011 03:57 AM

I am with lew, the farm that I work on we got rid of 125 black locust because the buyer offered my boss money for all of the trees and I couldnt compete.


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#8 posted 08-02-2011 07:14 AM

WTF! Fence Posts!! With all the Fir/Hemlock/Pine out there why would someone use something as beautiful as Black Locust and use it for a fence post! It turns really nice and seems to be really stable. The contrasting grain is makes it look almost 3D. Definitely one of of the under rated wood working lumbers out there.

LilRed- The Madrone is for the end grain cutting boards, No way I would use Black Locust for a cutting board.

I may turn the Locust into a Kitchen Table with matching Benches. But I really like This Table# but I don’t think I have enough wood to pull it off. May have to go buy another slab, Darn! LOL

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 03:03 AM


As I understand it, untreated black locust when used as fence posts will last a little longer than granite…

Extremely good rot resistance.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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