Last Thursday I visited one of my local sawmills and I posted my Wood Gloat of the Day.
There is a preface to that story: On Feb 12, of 2007 I visited that same sawmill and these three logs were laying in the yard.
I found the mill owner and told him that that I wanted him to saw those logs for me. He said that he was going to keep them.
I told him to don’t trim the edges of the boards. leave them on the board so that you could have natural edges if you wanted them.
I went back later and found that the logs had been cut up and were stacked on a pile in his cutting shed.
I picked up a couple of pieces so that I could surface them and see what the boards looked like. Later I asked him again to sell me the boards. Again he said that he was going to keep them. I new that he didn’t do woodworking so i proposed to make him something from the wood and I’d get to keep the rest. He never responded one way or the other.
I kept going back, and kept looking at those boards on the pile. About a month ago I found that the boards were stacked on a trailer in the shed along with some cherry and other wood. He was no where around.
When I went back last Thursday it was with the intent of again asking him about the boards. He said that he was going to have one of his customers plane the wood on his commercial planer and that he was going to make them shelf boards. I told him they were too premium and that he should not use them on so mundane a task. It was at that time that he offered me the wood that I showed on the wood gloat.
Here are a couple of pictures of the boards from those logs.
I did get him to give me a 4” X 7” piece of the log. It was a gift if I bought the wood in the Wood Gloat.
Unfortunately this is the other side of the 4 X 7
But I do have this gem sitting in my shop from the log. It is also 4 X 7 and about 40” long.
The back side of the piece.
My plans are to use the 4 X 7 to make a set of legs for a Shaker Hall Table with another special board that I got stored away. Another post for later.
Basically all of this wood was free. But, I’ve not yet given up on the rest of the logs. Until they’ve been cut and nailed into some 2X4’s as shelf boards I’m still on the prowl for them.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †