Adding to the wood pile #2: Free stack of cherry lumber, already dried for 4 years.

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Blog entry by derosa posted 05-13-2012 03:14 AM 1600 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Usually I hate phone calls at 7:30 in the morning but when it’s to offer me a free load of cherry it’s worth answering. All of them were stored in a dry horse barn and stickered. These aren’t premium boards having the occasional knot hole or lots of sap wood in a few cases. All of it is rough cut and will need lots on planing but only one seemed to have any real amount of warp. Each layer is about 30” wide with 4-6 boards and all of them easily clean 7ft although a few hit the 9ft length.
Other up side is that some of the stickers that are wider and thicker are made of maple, as the pile moves up to the shop those will move through the planer as well and into cutting boards.
The top boards had bug holes in them and have been set way to the side and will be cut up to remove any material that has any hint of a hole in it. The bottom boards were laid on plywood and had mold in spots, every board was closely inspected for any kind of insect and all are clean.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 03:33 AM

Where do I find all these people with free lumber? Great find. The bug holes, knot holes, and other flaws just add visual interest, in my opinion.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 03:41 AM

Same here Adds lots of character to each project.


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#3 posted 05-13-2012 03:51 AM

Alway good to get free wood…

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 03:57 AM

Bug holes always worry me especially when I don’t know the source. There was no noticeable saw dust suggesting powder post but I won’t risk it. Knots may or may not be kept based on location. The dressers will have filled knot holes on the tops so some of the other furniture in other locations may as well. Have to see. Either way, it’s all going into my bedroom set which I’ve run out of excuses on not building. I’ve taken this as a sign that I need to get my ass in gear on it as there is no possible way I can run out of lumber before it is finished. Even the worst of the wood will be used in out of sight locations to avoid spending money on pine.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 06:22 PM

nice looking pile. have fun!

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 02:22 AM

I’d wrap it all in plastic and fume it for bugs just in case. Better safe than sorry, and if it’s still in there, just one little bug can turn into thousands eating every piece of wood in your home.


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