That ongoing search for inexpensive lumber part 2

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 07-04-2008 08:14 PM 871 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow Lumberjocks and welcome to another episode of “Lumber Overload”, or “How to use craigslist to find really great deals on lumber!!”

I called my new lumber buddy yesterday, and made an appointment to meet him there where the “lumber” is. He was exaggerating when he told me he had a 1/2 ton truck size pallet of cut offs, he had probably 3! He did warn me or the perilous journey we might endure looking through the top sections of pallets. I was warned of a wasps nests, and a very large black snake his prior customer had seen there while browsing the pile. I went in. I dug out a few 8/4×6 x maybe 24” long pieces, till I spotted 2 wide long boards. One was a lamination of 2 boards glued along the faces, and then squared. The other was probably 24” wide, and over 19” long. I wonder where the rest of that board went?

trunk full of mahogany part2

long and wide pair

wide board

Once I removed the 2 large boards, the view of the rest of the bounty was evident!

under the lond and wide boards

There are some very short, shorts here, but I think I can make another jewelry chest like the Mahogany/Maple one I made for my good friend Amanda. All and all, it was a very successful endeavor, and the best thing is that this time it only cost me $75.00!

2nd bounty

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 07-04-2008 08:23 PM


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

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#2 posted 07-04-2008 09:17 PM

Good deal. I’m finding that I’m enjoying hunting for lumber almost as much as building stuff.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 07-04-2008 11:51 PM

I’m with you Russel, although I think I’ve reached the tipping point. I probably enjoy the hunt more than the actual build by now. Probably because it is easier for me to look at what nature created than to try to create something myself, but that is another story.

These look like some great finds. If you don’t mind posting some pictures after you’ve cleaned them up, I”d love to see. Otherwise, I’ll have to rely on you to refer to this find when you post your completed project. Either way, its always fun seeing what you turn this stuff into. You really do some great work!

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#4 posted 07-04-2008 11:52 PM

I am more than a little envious! Nice find!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-05-2008 01:44 AM

I think I might try the double pass on that 24” wide board, to try and adjust my drum sander before I use this great board. Looks like another table top, or maybe a couple of 1 piece side panels for a chest, or….....................

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 07-05-2008 03:29 AM

I love finding more salvage to work with, and waiting to see how they speak to me… of course this year, they’d better have something good to say… I”m going to be a lot less picky about what goes into the woodstove…

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 07-05-2008 02:18 PM

Great score. I look forward too seeing what you create with your bounty.

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

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#8 posted 07-05-2008 05:53 PM

Some great finds there. Nice wood for a pallet company.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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