Lumber Gloat!!

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 06-25-2009 06:17 AM 2122 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow Lumberjocks! It’s time for another installment of, a great phrase I picked up from Charles Jackson III (B.K.A. Beginningwoodworker), “Wood Gloat”!!
I subscribe to our local Rockler email offers. Last month Rockler was offering curly maple for $5.99 a b/f. I called the day after the email came out, and they were 75% sold out! I rushed over there that afternoon, and found 30 b/f I couldn’t live without!!



Those are 10’ sticks ladies and gentlemen!! I had to rent a Home Depot truck to get it home, hope they didn’t mind!! This sale was just in time when I was planning on my next projects!! Well this month Rockler has black walnut on sale for $5.99 a b/f. This time Rockler ordered 1500 b/f. I got there today, and they still had 2 pallets left. Really great looking lumber! I even have a piece that is totally clear of sapwood, and 16” wide!






All of these walnut boards have come curly figure to them. I can’t wait to start this fall!! If you guys have a local Rockler, you should all jump on this great deal. I’ve never seen a full 16” wide stick of walnut completely clear of sapwood! And they haven’t worked down to the middle of the pallets yet, there is still time for me, I mean you to get some of this walnut!! David Harms, make sure you leave me some this weekend!! (just kidding!!)

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 06:30 AM

You were luckier than I was last month on the Maple…..I left empty handed after driving over 100 miles…..well not totally empty handed , just regarding the Maple. LOL That Walnut is just beautiful , Matt ! Congratulations : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 08:02 AM

Well done Matt.. You done did goodl.
As CJ III would say ’’ You show going to be busy”

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 06-25-2009 12:07 PM


Looks great! What’s the intended project?

Your Rockler store may be a little far for me but with lumber like that, It just might be worth the 1200 mile trip!

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 02:26 PM

gah, that is some nice walnut. pics 3 and 4 of that are drool worthy. so rockler’s wood is S4S? or…? what thickness are those boards? i might have to pay more attention to those rockler sales.

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 06-25-2009 07:43 PM

Thanks guys!!

Chuck, I knew these boards would interest you, especially the 16” wide board. They have so much of this at our local store, I plan on going back this weekend after they work the pallets down a little, want me to pick you out a few wide boards? I’m planning on building Glen Huey’s Chippendale Small Chest, maybe a pair of them in let’s see…......curly maple and black walnut? It’s good to see you back on Chuck!!

Aaron I think these are S3S, they are rough on one edge and are 13/16” strong. Maybe just thick enough to drum sand flat, and parallel. My panels may be thinner than I want, but at least I won’t have to glue up boards on the walnut chest!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 08:44 PM

Hey Matt, I just went by the Houston Rocklers on my lunch break today and saw the two pallets of walnut. It is really good looking wood and i was surprised at some of the wide boards they had. A guy (not you hehehe) followed me in the door and went straight to the back. When I was starting to leave I noticed he had picked out about 20 nice looking boards. I may go back this weekend. I few week ago I picked up a bunch of white oak. I should have known maple would be soon coming. Missed that too :>(

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 08:47 PM

Well I have to say quite unselfishly I wish you all the best and please remember have fun and take your time to finally decide whatever you decide to make,if that makes sense I wish I had a few.LOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 06-26-2009 12:45 AM

Nice Gloat, Matt. Could you load me so wood! LOL!

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#9 posted 06-26-2009 02:45 AM


Did you see my latest blog post? I have a little wide walnut in my lumber shed already…but I can always use some more. Pick me out a few good ones and bring them along with you when you head this way, if you can manage to fit them in the overhead luggage compartment.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#10 posted 06-26-2009 03:31 AM


i used to live next to a rockler,.... before i got into this woodworking addiction. now the closest one is ~85 miles away. i wonder if they’re all the same in terms of how they stock lumber.

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#11 posted 06-26-2009 03:42 AM


Nice score, Chippendale small chest? Very cool project indeed! Best wishes on another succcesful project.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 06-26-2009 03:47 AM

Matt: A nice addition to your wood supply. good luck on your new projects.

-- 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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matt garcia

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#13 posted 06-26-2009 04:12 AM

Chuck, I did read it! That is a HUGE slab of “scrap” walnut! Have you given it to Leigh Keno yet? What did he say? I really liked the inlays, but your wife is right, you need to take more pics!! I will look for some wide ones for you, but remember they are already thin, and you may end up with an 11/16” thick panel. That’s what I’m hoping is the worst case scenario on my boards. I wish they would just joint boards on one side, so you could see the grain, then leave the rest to us!!

David, save me some lumber!!! Now I need some for me, AND Chuck!!

Charles, to quote you again…..”I can’t do that!!” When I opened up the garage this morning to get my car out, it reeked heavily of black walnut (am I gloating again??)

Aaron, I would call them and check. They do this because of the poor economy, and slow sales. I’ll send you the email in a PM so you can see it.

BOB!!!! How are you doing, Bob? Yeah, I remember the first time I saw exposed dovetails on case construction. I thought to myself, man I wish I could do that!! Now is my chance!! Without spilling the beans, how is your little project going? I’m still looking forward to more pics, or your posting!!

Thanks Karson!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 06-26-2009 04:20 AM

Great wood with wonderful figure. Look forward to the finished projects.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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matt garcia

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#15 posted 06-26-2009 04:36 AM


Did you see that $4000.00 slab of curly Bubinga?? It was “SOLD”!! You know, David Harms hasn’t posted yet, and he usually comments on my postings. I bet HE was the guy buying the 20 boards!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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