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Blog entry by Trev_Batstone posted 12-03-2011 01:07 AM 1187 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago, my neighbor’s son was visiting his parents. He saw me working in my shop, and came over and introduced himself. He was admiring my shop tools and asked me if I would like some wood. He told me that he works at a sawmill in Vancouver and they often have leftover cut-offs from large orders. He said that they mill mostly cedar, so I asked him if he had some small pieces of yellow cedar (as I mostly make small projects). He said he could get me some. Well, this afternoon I was in the house, and my doorbell rang. I went to the door and there he was. He asked me if he could back his van up to my shop door. I said “What have you got?”. He replied. “Yellow cedar, like I promised you”. When he opened up the back of his van, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The photo shows what he unloaded into my shop. It is all VG ‘clear’ yellow cedar, all in 6 ft. lengths. 2×8’s, 2×6’s, 2×4’s and 2×2’s…. and not a single knot anywhere. I offered to pay him something, but he wouldn’t accept a penny. I guess I’ll have to try and make a special project for him to show my appreciation. I feel fortunate to live in such a great neighborhood with great neighbors. We always help each other doing things for each other and that’s what makes it a great community to live in. Anyways, I have to put my ‘Thinking Cap’ on now and decide what to make. By the way, that sawdust on the floor is Brazilian Cherry which I had just finished planing prior to his arrival.


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#1 posted 12-03-2011 01:19 AM

Wow, great score! Yes, a special project for your friend is in order!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 01:23 AM

you got a wonderful present, man that is a sweet gift, you sure do have nice folks living there, have fun making him a gift, he will love what you do, as i know you do wonderful work…grizz

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

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 02:01 AM

Dang, I’m jealous. That’s a very nice wood score. My neighbor brought me a small elm branch to work with the other day, and I was pretty happy, but it doesn’t compare to yours :) .

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 02:01 AM

I don’t see any 2xs but I see a lot of 4xs—4×6 4×8 4×10 4×12 what a score ?Do you have the equipment to mill those timbers. If you do it looks like you will have hundreds of hours of fun. Jump in with both feet and don’t look back.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 02:05 AM

I’m sure your excitement on seeing the wood was the greatest gift you could give your benefactor. I always tell a friend of mine when I do something for her, “Just smile and say ‘Thank you!’”.

I was visiting my aunt and uncle in Mississippi about 30 years ago and Jim had a small project to work on in his shop – a frame for netting to keep the bugss out of the food on outdoor tables for a family reunion. He invited me to help him with it – from buying the wood through building it in the shop and setting it up. The netting was effective but there was one bug it didn’t deter. It bit me and the effects have been permanent. It was the woodworking bug. And I’ll be forever grateful for that afternoon in Jim’s workshop!

Your story reminded me of this and I thought I’d share it to let you know you, too, probably gave your benefactor a gift just as he have you one. Your excitement, I’m sure, was a gift no amount money could buy!

Thanks for posting!

-- Bob, Atlanta

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