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Blog entry by Lenny posted 08-13-2010 03:20 AM 1663 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a good assortment of lumber in order to have a stash on hand for potential projects. I saw this post in the Trade/Swap Forum: “Lumber” The poster (Rich) removed the specifics regarding what he had for sale. Suffice it to say it included black walnut (16 bd. ft.), cherry (23 bd. ft), red oak (27 bd. ft.), mahogany (36 bd. ft) and Spanish cedar (40 bd. ft.). The thickness ran from 3/4 to 8/4 and he also threw in cutoffs of 8/4 and 6/4 purpleheart, some cherry panels he had glued up, a set of 14 pieces of book-matched birds-eye maple veneer and 2 pieces of fluted cherry that are finished on the fluted side. The Spanish cedar is four pieces 12 feet long and averaging 6.5 inches wide. Now for the mahogany. Rich moved quite often and over time the 10 feet long, 28” wide 6/4 slab of mahogany became to unwieldy for him to move. He cut it into a 4 foot section and a 6 foot section. I don’t know what these massive pieces will become but tables certainly are a distinct possibility. Rich was asking for $600 for the whole lot and I countered asking if he would accept $500. I also asked about cupping, warping, checking, etc. He assured me there was next none. This was before I made the one and a half hour trip to see it. Satisfied with what I saw, I paid Rich and he helped me load it all in my car. We spoke a bit and I met his cat Keisha. He commented on how he joined LJ for the sole purpose of selling this lumber. He was impressed with all the welcome messages he received from LJs. I invited him to check in with us once he is settled.

I did some rough calculations and, if new, the lumber he sold me would cost about $1,020. He seemed genuinely happy that it was going to a furniture maker (That’s mostly what I do.) as he intended to use it for the same purpose.

Below is a shot of the score. Cherry on the left followed by oak, walnut, mahogany, Spanish cedar (only one of the four pieces is shown) and a crate of cutoffs.

Another view of the stash. The item reflecting the sun is the 14 pieces of bookmatched maple veneer.

Here I am standing with the two slabs of mahogany. As you can detect, it sustained some water damage but I suspect I can deal with that. As you can tell from my shirt, I am one with the wood as I too have sustained some “water” damage.

To steal from my buddy Mike’s (Littlecope) line, this picture is “Just For Fun”.

Thanks for viewing!

I almost forgot to give a hearty thank you to David (Patron) who offered some great advice when I asked for his input on the post. Thank you David!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 03:24 AM

Nice score !

Looking forward to watching it get turned into furniture !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 03:26 AM

Jealous. That is all I can get out. Jealous. That is one heck of a haul. Congratulations!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 03:30 AM

NICE lenny… looks like hours of ‘just for fun’ ahead of you. looking forward to seeing what comes out of this pile

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

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 03:31 AM

The last pic’s look like something from the “Spanish Inquisition” the rack Lenny, tell me where you got the wood…lol Nice score my friend enjoy…BC

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 03:55 AM

pour some water on ya and it could be called water boarding…lol…..very nice stash you have gotten…love the mahogany…that will be fun to see turned into some nice tables or the likes…a good way to start your retirement..grizzman

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

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 04:06 AM

Great looking haul, wonderful wood

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 04:07 AM

Great score Lenny. Now the dreaming and planning begins ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 08-13-2010 04:16 AM

look’s great , lenny .

that mahogany is sure nice ,

do you surf , LOL ?

glad to have helped .

i got to meet LJ’er Tom McBridge (ND2ELK) today !
he and his wife Ruth were on their way home to iowa ,
after tacking their granddaughter Hayden her new furniture .

we had lunch in Taos ,
and had a nice visit .
very nice folks .

thanks you both ,
safe journey home .

well done , lenny .
now to work !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 08-13-2010 04:33 AM

Thanks everyone. I think there is room for all of us on the next ride. As implied in swirt’s comment, it will be great putting this lumber to good use. BillyJ and Purplev, I drove to Winthrop for this wood. I had never been in that town before. Very quaint coastal location. blackcherry, not the rack, anything but the rack! David, you may find this hard to believe but the same night I contacted you for input, I wrote to Tom too. I didn’t hear from him so perhaps he was traveling.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 05:03 AM

Nice wood score, Lenny.

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 05:20 AM

Now that is what I call a lumber gloat!!! Great score on the mahogany slabs!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 08-13-2010 08:42 AM

Looks like you are haviing so much fun with the wood, why ruin it by cutting it up to build something:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 08-13-2010 10:57 AM

Thanks CJ and Matt. Topa, yeah it’s like a beautiful birthday cake, too pretty to cut up and eat. But you know what eventually happens!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 08-13-2010 12:50 PM

Wow, Lenny… even better than I imagined!
That will translate into many winter projects in the new workshop!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 08-13-2010 02:11 PM

I have the perfect idea for all that wood: glue up all the smaller pieces into 2 long beams, attach them lengthwise to the bigger piece of the slab; attach the smaller slab like the back of a chaise lounge, and hire 4 people to carry you around.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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