Well, its Victoria Day here in the colonies. And for a wood nerd like me and my buddies that can only mean one thing… wood scouting. Yup me and two pals hopped into my car and went for a drive. Let me set the scene…..
It all started this past Tuesday, when I called my dealer and was informed that they had sold their assets to another dealer, and could not sell me anything. I liked my dealer, they were a wholesaler who sold to guys like me, one or two board kinda guys. The new guys though are also wholesale.. but not so interested in my kind. So.. had to find a new dealer. Its hard to find good prices for lumber in town, especially since there is no way I am going to pay the retail prices of some of the better knows shops around.
I wont bore you with the rest of the details… fast forward to Sunday morning… we are driving around the country side waiting to meet up with my new (potential) dealer. He finally arrives at the meeting spot and we follow him to a secret location (one of two that he has). We walk inside…
Claro walnut slabs anyone?
Or maybe some fir?
Or if quilted maple is more your style..
Ok… seen enough.. new dealer has been found. After 4 hours of checking things out and talking, I am really impressed. This as it turns out this his staging warehouse where he also has a bandsaw mill where he cuts up logs and stores them. His other one is where he planes, grades and finally sells everything. He has it all, everything I could ask for.. and the best part… beyond reasonable prices. See, as it turns out he is not into this for the money, he is into it because he loves woodworking, and he wants to be able to share with others the wood, the tools, the knowledge. He’s my kinda guy. Needless to say, I feel really lucky have been invited to see his warehouse, and I cant wait to see the other one.
Now, even though we all went with pockets full of money, and left with all the money we came with (except what we spent on coffee). I did not leave empty handed. I found a piece of nasty spalted maple.. right be side a nasty spalted maple tree… thats right.. a whole tree!
He gave it to me, not the tree of course, just the one piece.
Found the perfect piece that I have been waiting for to be able to finally finish this box.
Punky stuff… so I basically soaked it in shellac, and planed it… yup, planed it.
Get it all smoothed out and cut to size, fitted and the box glued up.
Then just to stiffen up the fibers a little bit, I applied thinned out shellac to the entire thing. (mostly because I cant wait to see what it is going to look like)
Close up of the top..
I have not been this excited about a small project in a long time. I actually ran out of blonde shellac just stiffing out the fibers to be able to plane it, so I had to order new stuff (arriving later this week!)
Thanks for looking in, I hope you had a great weekend as well.