The Fir Trade

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-01-2008 08:12 AM 1038 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Trade
On Wed. Night I did a talk for my neighborhood association’s general meeting on our house restoration and my furniture projects. I talked in length about using recycled wood.

Afterwards a neighbor contacted me and offered some wood that had been stored in his garage for 20 years. At the time that he bought it, it was milled from old growth fir.
I took home a small stash of fir, including a few 12” wide boards…

and a 7/8” thick, 14 footer.

Hmmmmm. possibilities…

In return

He asked if I could help him with reproduce some shoe molding that had been missing from his house for 20 years. He seems pretty meticulous about records and had a sample scrap of the original molding. I was expecting something with a radius and was surprised to see a simple little beveled molding.

I found some of my nice recycled stock and planed it down to a matching 1”height.

I used the sample to set the blade at six degrees to cut the bevel

I needed a way to rip away the edge of the board at a consistent 3/8” so I made a little jig consisting of my miter guage with a feeler block clamped to it.

I set the sample piece against the blade, touched the feeler to it,and then clamped it in place.

Then I set the fence using the jig. (I saw a variant of this in a youtube video.

I ripped the stock and dropped it off to a happy neighbor. He just e-mailed me to offer some 6×6’s..

I’m gonna need a bigger rack.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 06-01-2008 08:18 AM

Good deal, John!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-01-2008 08:22 AM

6×6?! I’m sitting at cigars by chivas in old town jealous and wishing I’d driven in from vegas instead of flying… Not sure they’d take that as checked baggage :-) What a great find!

-- Looking for free wood working plans? Visit us at

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 06-01-2008 08:27 AM

Nice story and very witty title. I thought there might be trade blankets and axes, and beaver pelts.
Life’s good when a trade works out so well.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 06-01-2008 12:25 PM


Thanks for the story. It is nice to receive the wood but more importantly you got to help out a neighbor.

Well done!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 06-01-2008 01:46 PM

Looks like a fir trade to me. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 06-01-2008 02:27 PM

great deal. that wood will keep you busy for awhile! thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 06-01-2008 07:29 PM

Mark …Is that in Pasadena?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 06-01-2008 09:31 PM

I always enjoy swapping for materials or work. Good for both people. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-02-2008 12:01 AM

Gizmo, Yeah, Chivas is in Pasadena at DeLacey & Green… best shop in town… there was a time when I was furniture at that place. I was in town visiting my folks for the weekend… I’m sitting at Burbank\Glendale\Pasadena (a.k.a. Bob Hope) Airport waiting for my flight now… If I would have driven I would have liked to see if we could make a deal for a few boards…

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#10 posted 06-02-2008 01:41 AM

Hi John. Karma is a good. Not to mention being able to share all the knowledge you’ve gained with the neighbors.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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