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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 07-16-2010 05:49 PM 1317 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up my lodgepole pine posts from a orchard this morning. They bring in LOT sizes for there tree’s.(10ft. x 2” dia.) I drove by thinking I wonder if they sell them, they are the size I use for my log chairs and patio furniture. I had been buying larger diameter posts from Lumber yard and splitting them into 1/3 then running them through my “homemade dowel maker.”
Was a lot of extra work and wasted a fair amount of material.(Fun the first day, then it became work !)
When I made my own, the extra time didn’t matter, now people want some, time is a factor. While I was loading my posts I asked the lady what they do with scraps. They had pallet fulls of short material from crates, pallets, etc.She said they destroy most of it. Because it accumulates so fast. I asked if I might pick it up. She grinned and told me IF you make “me” a bird house with it , you can have it. She was going to get her son to sort through all of it and bundle it for me. PRICE was right, I am going back to pick it up.
If it is stacked properly it will FILL the back of pickup truck.
I mean how hard can it be to build a birdhouse ?
In all my years remodelling, cabinets, toys BUT NEVER a birdhouse…......YET.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"



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#1 posted 07-16-2010 06:44 PM

And He Scores !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 07:39 PM

It never hurts to ask and if you don’t ask you won’t get! Good for you.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 07:59 PM

I bet it was all part of the pay it forward package you sent to EcoCandle. ;) You sent him planes …. he did something … someone else did something… they did something ... something nice was done for the orchard people …. free wood for you. Well done.

Given your love of planes, maybe you should make the Plane birdhouse that was in Popular Woodworking this month http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleabstract?aid=16152

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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