Crazy Stuff Stumpy Thinks About #42: VIDEO BLOG- What makes hardwood hard, softwood soft, and where's it cheap?

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 01-23-2014 04:03 PM 2439 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As part of our new, greatly expanded 2014 schedule, I’m writing a video-blog called “Dear Stumpy” featuring wise-cracking answers to legitimate woodworking questions. This week: What’s the difference between hard and soft woods, and where can I get good deals on lumber.

Watch it here, and enjoy! Then come back and leave a comment so we know what you think!

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 04:22 PM

I may have to resort to free pallet wood….
My neighbor doesn’t have a cat!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 04:57 PM

softwood = coniferous
hardwood = disiduous

Now just don’t ask me what that they mean


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#3 posted 01-23-2014 05:06 PM

Thanks for the link, Maniac!

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 08:33 PM

Hardwoods work out often, softwoods are alot less committed to being fit. While getting swatted with a piece of pine hurts like crazy, I suppose getting swatted with a piece of redoak would hurt a tad more? True hardwood will automatically send your wife a text saying “i’m all done in the shop dear, I’d like to take you shopping now” if you miscalculate and waste a piece of it. Thats really hard , right?

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 02:32 AM

Nice video blog, Stumpy!

That’s really too bad to hear about the guy turning a beautiful maple tree into firewood…. There was an enormous black walnut tree down the street from my house. On my daily walk one day, I saw it being cut down. It was close to a school, and perhaps they thought it might fall on the school, I don’t know. The only good thing about this was that a premier lumber store, Goby hardwoods, came out and salvaged the lumber. At least this tree will live on in the furniture someone will build.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 01:49 PM

Nice vid, Stumpy, Don’t forget pallets. In my younger years I worked in a pallet mill and saw alot of beautiful wood nailed into pallets.

-- Bob, Michigan

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 04:46 PM

Oh, gods…so much tiger maple…just…just…GONE! That hurts my soul in ways and on levels that it’s hard to express…

-- Josh - "When the only tool you have is a hammer, all your problems start to look like nails."

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