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Preface to my Wood Gloat of the Day.

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Blog entry by Karson posted 04-23-2009 04:10 AM 1206 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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lew

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 04:15 AM

Having seen Karson’s shop, I can’t imagine where he going to put more wood!!!

You cannot imagine the lumber rack he has in the middle of his shop!!

Lew

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 04:22 AM

Karson, you ought to let him know how unsuitable for nails or screws all that wild grain would be. Surely you’ve got some straight grained ash to trade!

Lew I’ve got visitor’s envy, having only seen the pictures. If you have to build movable stairs to get into the pile, you know your workin’ on a good pile.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Karson

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 04:28 AM

Douglas. A great point some nice air dried lumber for that old warped, wiggley wood that probably wouldn’t hold the weight of one board. It would only work when held in the straight edges of a raised panel frame.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 04:29 AM

Lew: I saw the drool falling off your chin when you were here. But, remember I offered some wood for you so I could free up some space in the wood rack.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 06:06 AM

obviously I’m not hanging out in the right places….

shelf boards… sheesh… blasphemy.

another nice set for the collection Karson…. touche!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Napaman

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 06:06 AM

wow i cant believe he wants to make shelves…that is for pine and poplar…these must be really special shelves he wants…

on a totally seperate note—-and none of my business…but i just got to thinking…since wood is so pricey—-can you insure a wood stockpile like yours?? I know you can do the tools and all…but with wood coming and going, rotating etc…is this possible…?? do you insure this (this is the none of my business part of the comment)...

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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dustyal

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 07:19 AM

... oh, I’m reading that you are going to make a Shaker Hall table? That reminds me, aren’t we to have a Mason-Dixon workshop in October to make a shaker-like table? hmmm, you thinking about donating some of that newly discovered wood to the workshop? uh, like make some space in your workshop for the next pile of lumber you discover?

need to tease… it helps to rid myself of the envy… I do pass a sawmill on my trips to Pennsylvania… I need to stop in there to see what they may have and what they’ll sell.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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mmh

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#8 posted 04-23-2009 07:30 AM

Hey, that hollow 4×7 is my type of wood. Got any scraps or crumbs to fling my way?

The shelf project reminds me of when I met a fellow a the local wood workers club and I followed him home for a 2” thick piece of crotchwood that I needed to make a cane shaft, as the shop only had 4/4 stock. He was taking home a HUGE piece of clean black walnut (2” x 30” wide x 8 ft long) that he had planed, and he was going to use it to make stacked donut type toys for kids for Christmas presents. It was such a clean and large piece of black walnut that one would first think of a table top if nothing else. I don’t know why he had to use such premium wood to cut up into little discs. I even tried to politely suggest that a toy box would be a great heirloom piece to use this for. At least it wasn’t totally lost and didn’t get chopped up for mulch, but not by much.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 04-23-2009 08:37 AM

Hi Karson;

It’s me, your long lost son. LOL

Nice catch buddy, and you deserve it!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Daren Nelson

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#10 posted 04-23-2009 02:19 PM

As a sawyer (a sawyer who looks for figured logs)...I got excited by those burled ones. It doesn’t take x-ray vision to see they have a treasure inside, sweet.

-- http://nelsonwoodworks.biz/

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jockmike2

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#11 posted 04-23-2009 02:26 PM

Hey Karson you know I’m your only child. Whats Lee talking? You never said I had a brother. Anyway Dad what are we gonna do with our new gloat, er, lumber. Sweet deal Karson , you sweet talker. I’ll bet you could sell a one legged man two pair of boots. How do you find these deals. You said you kept going back, is that it?You harrass the heck out of them till they break down and start crying and tell you yes, yes take it all Karson, Just don’t come back. lol. Love ya, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 04-23-2009 06:15 PM

Lets give this guy a deal, & maybe he’ll quit bothering us!”<(:O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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cabinetmaster

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#13 posted 04-24-2009 12:00 AM

Mike and Lee….................... where did you get the idea that Karson was your dad? He’s mine and all mine…......... Now dad I need some of that wood…....... When you going to deliver it?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Karson

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#14 posted 04-24-2009 12:11 AM

Now Kids quit the fighting. I’ve not seen any of you here helping me stack the new wood into the shop, by carrying it up stairs and stickering it.

I’m more than willing to share with those who help me.

Come to think of it I don’t remember a Fathers Day from any of you last year. This year better be better.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cabinetmaster

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#15 posted 04-24-2009 12:17 AM

OK dad. I’ll remember to send you a Fathers Day card this year…...............LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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