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Blog entry by cabinetmaster posted 2151 days ago 3880 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In response to Karson’s wood find on cedar lumber, this is an example of some cedar lumber I found about 6 years ago. A gentleman advertised that he had some cedar lumber for sale. I called him and got directions to his place. When I got there the lumber looked like this picture.

The gentleman told me that he had cut the cedar 30 years ago and it had been stored in his attic. He decided to get it down and sell it. He took it out of his attic and put it on the back porch. But before he got around to putting it in the paper for sale, his cats and dogs got to doing there #1 duty on it and boy did it smell. The wood was so black you couldn’t tell it was actually cedar until you scratched it with a knife and got some of the darkness off.

I finally agreed to buy it for $45.00 and loaded it up on my pickup. It almost filled the back of my truck when we got it loaded. We headed back to the shop and unloaded it and I just had to see what it was like so I headed to the planer.

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After planing it and seeing what it looked like I made 2 cedar chests for my Step-daughter and my step-sons wife and here is what they looked like.

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So do not judge the look of the lumber before you see what is under the weathered look.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps



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motthunter

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#1 posted 2151 days ago

nice wood… looks great

-- making sawdust....

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SteveKorz

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#2 posted 2151 days ago

Great project… I luv a good lumber find…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 2150 days ago

Hi Cabinetmaster;

Looks like a great buy!

Nice job on the chests.

What did you do to your finger? Hard to work with it like that.

I have noticed that whenever I hurt a finger or anything else for that matter, I will bang that body part into everything.

Hope it heals fast.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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cabinetmaster

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#4 posted 2150 days ago

I have a tendency to get a little close to a saw blade once in a while. That was 6 years ago that picture was taken. So far I have kept away from the blades.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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ScaryDAve

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#5 posted 2150 days ago

Yeah ceder is a great wood. It will gray a lot over time but all ya gotta do is cut, plane or sand down into it a little and it comes right back. I live in a ceder forest and there are big old but cut logs just layin around the forest because they have rot spots in the center that the ceder mills won’t buy from the cutters. They can look like complete hell on the outside but once you cut them open they are just as beautiful as anything freshly cut.

I have a 50 inch circular saw mill I am building and once it’s up an runin I am sure I’ll have plenty of pictures to share. They will all be eastern, red, aromatic, ceder. Red ceder coffee table top

-- Failures are successes in training.

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Karson

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#6 posted 2150 days ago

Beautiful looking chests. Cedar is a miracle wood. Fron the outside to the pink, red and yellow streaks.

I made puzzles from cedar for people for about 3-4 years and I never finished them. Everyone likes to pick them up and smell them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cabinetmaster

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#7 posted 2149 days ago

Thanks Dave, I want to know how I can get some of that Cedar for some cedar bowls.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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woodchic

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#8 posted 1938 days ago

Hey I like those cedar chests…........very nice job!

-- Robin Renee'

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cabinetmaster

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#9 posted 1938 days ago

Thanks Robin. They both still enjoy them.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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interpim

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#10 posted 1938 days ago

Did you tell the recepient of the chest the story of the wood? LOL… Beautiful chest.

-- San Diego, CA

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cabinetmaster

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#11 posted 1938 days ago

You would believe it, but this cedar was cut down the same year my stepsons wife was born and in the same area of the county. We wrote up a pamphlet and put it in her chest telling of the story. She read it and the tears flowed both in her eyes and in my wifes and mine. Got a lot of satisfaction from that.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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