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Top Secret....Rocker for my Wife #6: Wood purchase

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Blog entry by bues0022 posted 1226 days ago 986 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past weekend I drove down to the Milwaukee area and picked up most of my wood. I know I bought way too much, and because of that spent much more than I wanted to, but overall I’m pretty happy with my purchase. The big downside I found once I got there was the lack of 8/4 wood. He’d been cleaned out pretty good of the maple and walnut, and the fresh-cut 8/4 won’t be in and out of the kiln for a few months. This also lead to me purchasing too much, but there’s really never such thing as too much wood in the shop – right? More for other projects! I did have to modify my plans a little bit, but I think the modifications will make the chair even more unique.

Instead of using 8/4 coopered pieces for the headrest, I’ll be using 4/4, double thickness. There will be a seam then where you can see the two pieces joined together on the top, but it likely won’t be all that noticeable. I will also be able to have some unique grain patterns on both the inner and outer sides. I’d have preferred 8/4, but this compromise will likely only be noticed by me, and other extremely picky woodworkers. My wife likely a) won’t notice, or b) might notice, but won’t even think twice that it’s not supposed to be there.

The seat: he didn’t have a thick enough piece of nicely spalted maple for the 1.5” center section. So, we found a superb piece of not-quite 4/4. One end of this piece is not spalted, and I will laminate this below the spalted piece and plane down to my desired 1.5”. Minor amount of extra work, and overall you will never even know it’s there with the seat design I’m going to use.

The back and front arms and arm rest really concerned me using 4/4 though. Also, he only had very narrow 4/4 walnut, about 5 inches wide. So, since this project will take me months anyway, I opted to wait on getting walnut until this early spring when he plans to have more walnut dried. He’s cut it already, but just hasn’t gone in the kiln. It’s supposed to be really nice stuff with figure in it, so I’m fine waiting.

The picture below shows my wood purchase. The tall bookmatched live-edge pieces are Ash, and the far right are Elm, those two will end up being a coffee table for my mom for Christmas. The other wood is my maple, walnut, and scrap ash for making forms. I’ll update as I get moving on this.

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-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN



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dbray45

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#1 posted 1226 days ago

If that was the extent of my wood purchases, my wife would be ecstatic. When I buy wood, I fill my explorer – did you know that you can load an Explorer with around 350 bf without a problem (red flag required)?

-- David in Damascus, MD

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bues0022

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#2 posted 1226 days ago

I don’t know if you have been following my progress, but my wife knows nothing of this build. I had to keep the wood purchase small enough so it wouldn’t send too many red flags if she checks our bank account and asks about a large purchase.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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dbray45

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#3 posted 1226 days ago

Can’t say that I have, sorry. Either way, I try to buy enough for several projects at one time and fewer trips. Keeps the flexibility.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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robert triplett

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#4 posted 1226 days ago

I was wondering who you bought from. I get wood shipped from Allen at Milwaukeewoodworks. He seems to have a good selection. Enjoy the build. I usually use cash for wood purchases. It saves stress that way. Of course, i don’t question the amount of quilt material my wife has!
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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bues0022

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#5 posted 1226 days ago

I got my wood from Greg at http://www.treecyclehardwoods.com/ He’s up in West Bend.

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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JL7

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#6 posted 1226 days ago

Hey Ryan – I’m just down the road from you in Fridley – I have 3 slabs of 8/4 Walnut, can’t say if they would be up to your standards, but thought I would throw it out there. They 8-9” wide x 8’. Either way – nice to meet some LJ’s in the neighborhood!

Good luck on the big build!

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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