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Blog entry by HalDougherty posted 08-24-2012 08:40 PM 2144 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a posting in the ‘Free’ section of Craig’s List for some scrap wood piled up next to the curb. It was on a street just a few streets over from where I live. So… I ran over and this is what I found on the curb…

And here’s more of it loaded in my truck…

And a closeup of the mesquite…

Here’s a closeup of the maple burl I found in the pile…

It’s the best Craig’s List score I’ve ever found! Only one problem, it’s not even close to April 1st… and I can’t wait till then to post an April Fool joke. No, I didn’t find this great looking wood in a free Craig’s List posting. (I do look several times a day in case a deal like this does come along.)

A customer who’s ordered several gunstocks visited and dropped off the wood to use for the next batch of gunstocks. I can’t decide which would look better, the quilted maple laminated with bicote or the quilted maple laminated with the zircote? The olive burl is especially fantastic! I strained a muscle moving the chunk of Texas Ebony to my wood storage room.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com



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WoodJediNTraining

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 08:46 PM

That is An Awesome selection of wood. I was about to start combing my Craigslist ads..lol.. you had me hook line and sinker… nicely done!

-- Newbie, aka Wood_Jedi, http://www.asimpledesignofocala.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 08:55 PM

Holy Cow, what a haul for free!!!!!!!!!!!!I’ll bet people saw it and thought it was crap wood. Little do they know it is a treasure!!!!!!! Nice going ,Hal….................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CyberDyneSystems

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 09:00 PM

OMG!

The only thing I can think that could beat that deal would be,

CRAIG’S LIST HEADING-

“18 lbs 7 ounces gold taking up too much room in basement being converted to home theatre.
Pick it up and it’s yours.”

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 09:05 PM

Well, you did good… GREAT!

What a FIND!

It nice to see you getting something other than Walnut! LOL

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 09:09 PM

I bit hard !! lol

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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grizzman

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 10:52 PM

yea you had me hooked on it, geez…good one, i was thinking some widow somewhere was tired of what her dead husband left behind and just tossed it, well it was a good joke…

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

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 11:01 PM

Hal, for the pain and suffering you have just caused you should send that ugly hunk of maple burl to me. If it was April 1st, I would probably forgive you!! That’s my younger sister’s birthday. Have fun with the wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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rance

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 11:10 PM

The funniest part is that so many folks post before they read(just like me). Hey, I can take care of that nasty piece with all the (looks-like) needles sticking up in it. Don’t want you to hurt yourself. :) Great post.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Raymond Thomas

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#9 posted 08-25-2012 01:20 AM

A darn good gotcha – now where did you say you live – I will help you lift some of that stuff!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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Roger

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#10 posted 08-25-2012 01:54 AM

The wood fairy has cometh

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 08-25-2012 04:30 AM

Hal,

We were packing to move to your neighborhood until we read your catch line!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 08-25-2012 03:55 PM

The only thing that gave it away was that rifle stock in the first picture, and I was busy trying to spot the
defect that caused it to get put out on the curb. Are you going to use that Texas Ebony for highlights,
or do you have a special stock in mind for it. Thank you for sharing your bounty and causing just a little
wood envy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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whitewulf

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#13 posted 08-25-2012 09:29 PM

NOT FUNNY…........ROFLMAO….....intears

PS….In Ca. some jerks think it is funny to post to C/L and use other peoples address!

In back yard free,help self! AAAARRRRGGGGGG!!!

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Bertha

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#14 posted 08-25-2012 09:29 PM

Scoundrel! ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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NikonF100

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#15 posted 08-28-2012 07:45 PM

Hal, remind me next time I come down to wear a bullet proof vest, just in case, somebody here don’t see the humour in this .

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