The Basement #25: Birdseye Score!

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Blog entry by JL7 posted 02-13-2012 12:57 AM 8160 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know I shouldn’t have…...but man what a deal…..I can almost here Shane’s post already…..

This is furniture grade birdseye and curly maple and I think maybe some curly birdseye…............:)

Bought it from a semi retired grandmother that is getting out of the furniture making business…....been stored indoors for the past 20 years. A couple of the boards are planned, otherwise all rough – I need to change the planer knives before even thinking about this stuff….

All was had for 15¢ to 25¢ on the dollar (depending on where you shop).

I guess the car stays outside for now…...lucky we got NO snow this year….:)

The 2 piles on the right are all birdseye – the pile on the left is curly. A couple pieces of 8/4, 6/4 and 5/4 as well…...

On a different note….here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on…a common table for the miter saw, RAS (traded with my brother) and the drum sander…...........long ways to go….....

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 01:02 AM

what a good score

nice saw table too

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 01:10 AM

pure envy

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 01:10 AM

Looks pretty good. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 01:15 AM

Jeff what a find, I know you will put to a very good use. Man curly birds eye. Get that stuff in side! You make me nervous. Stick it under your bed, anywhere, somewhere please.

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 01:20 AM

Hey Dave – it’s in the garage – the CAR is outside….I do have a spare bedroom tho, so you got me thinking…....

Thanks all for the comments.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 01:25 AM

Get it a quilt and let it sleep on your couch! I mean, isn’t that what friends are for? LOL! Great score, keep us posted on what you create with it…

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#7 posted 02-13-2012 01:25 AM

Jeff? Seriously? The rich getting richer! Nice score, it looks great. Look forward to seeing it in some projects. I love BE maple.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 01:37 AM

Hey Paul – don’t give me any ideas…..I may just do that…......thanks man.

Shane – I have to agree on the BE maple…..if I had to pick only one wood, It would have to be maple for me – so much character, it works well, looks good…...and the shop smells like a pancake breakfast…...appreciate the comments..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 01:38 AM

PDS – that was snot blowing funny.

JL7 – Thats gorgeous lumber, ive never put my hands on a piece of lumber like that. Id marry ‘er for sure.

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 02:19 AM

Seems you´ve got a great pick up. THe shop is getting fancier each day. wow.

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#11 posted 02-13-2012 02:26 AM

oh My can you honestly sleep at night with visions of Birds Eye maple in your head
you hit the mother load Great deal. Now you have a great responsibility to find the
perfect project(s) for it
The wood is gorgeous

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#12 posted 02-13-2012 02:26 AM

My favorite wood. Nice going!

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#13 posted 02-13-2012 02:32 AM

Jeff, That is absolutely beautiful wood! I wouldn’t go near that with a planer as tearout is inevitable and would break my heart. The drum sander is slower but won’t destroy that gorgeous lumber. Can’t wait to see what you make with that.

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#14 posted 02-13-2012 03:39 AM

Hey Jeff, I was rolling the dice, and look what I found

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#15 posted 02-13-2012 04:16 AM

Hey Fernando – I’m somebody now!

Thanks for all the comments – and gfadvm, I will be using the drum sander – thanks!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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