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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 862 days ago 3326 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got an email from my new buddy Jim yesterday. He has some red oak that just came out of the kiln and has been planed. I went out this morning with my Nissan Altima, rear seats pre-folded down.

Jim cuts his own trees on a 17 acre spread, or has tree services drop them off. He has a mill in his front yard, one of those $60.000 units.

I left with 8 boards, 5 of them measuring about 10 foot by 8 to 15 inches wide and 15/16 thick. three of the boards are under 6 foot but they are magnificent. The longer boards have some holes, the knots loosened in the kiln.

Whole thing cost me $66.

Its now in the basement next to the walnut I got from him a couple weeks ago.

Thank you Jim. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

He has more walnut coming out of the kiln in a couple weeks. I think I’ll try and be first out there so I can get my pick.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 862 days ago

buy more at that price!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 862 days ago

You mean you actually know someone who makes their own wood?

How do they do that?

;^)

If I ever win the lottery, I’m buying a woodmizer….

Had one on sight and tended for the guy years ago when I built my house and it was a lot of fun. Hot, heavy work… but fun!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 862 days ago

pintodeluxe- I would if I had a place to keep it. I need to get off my butt and put up that shed I have sitting in the box in my driveway. lol

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 862 days ago

ssnvet- His place isn’t pretty, he has the mill out in the front yard, and a converted garage filled with the biggest tools I’ve ever seen. There is a kiln in the corner that looks to be about 15 foot long by 5 foot high and about 7 foot wide. His planer has got to be 3 foot wide, and an electric feed sander that could take a 4 ft sheet of wood.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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David Craig

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#5 posted 862 days ago

Can’t beat that price for kiln dried and planed. I can get good prices on air dried and rough if I buy 100-200 BF from a sawyer not far from me. As far as pretty goes, I have seen some unbelievable work come out of some very crude houses. I met one guy on a business trip to Baton Rouge. He had a beam in the middle of the living room holding up a sagging ceiling. He would craft beds and adorn them with sand casted medallions and finials. The work was incredible but I didn’t like staying in his house for long. Not because it was dirty, I was just worried that the upstairs would turn into the downstairs on top of me. :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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patcollins

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#6 posted 862 days ago

LOL @ David, best mechanic I know has car parts strung all through his house. His wife left him because of this, he went to make me up a bill and had to move some pistons from his kitchen table LOL

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derosa

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#7 posted 861 days ago

Really nice price for kiln, I get that on air dried and I still have to do the drying.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 861 days ago

hey Russ
What’s the moisture content of the oak you bought?

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 861 days ago

It was dried to 15% or lower. Of course what ever the ambient humidity is at the moment as well. It rained all day yesterday.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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