I was out at my local exotic wood store that I’ve shopped at for the last 25 years, and picked up a few nice things, as well as some wood too. I was kind of wondering how I let myself spend $87 (total) on Purple Heart, (1×11 1/4×17), 1/8” x 2 1/2” x 36” (2pcs), 1” x 2” x 30” Cordia/Bocote & 1/4” x 4” x 24” Mexican Chechen, plus brad tip bits and nice adjustable countersink bits plus a bunch of misc stuff.
When I went to lunch on my way home, I decided to call my buddy that owns a woodmill/shop, and asked if he had any cut-off pieces that I could stop by and pick up while I was 2 blocks from his house already. His laugh wasn’t what I expected, but he did tell me I was in luck, because he was cleaning out the shop and had a few pieces out front for free, if I wanted them. I figured his free wood would be things like 2 feet or under, of oak or pine of something. I should have known better, because when I got there, I got a HUGE shock.
Out front was over 1000’ feet of various woods, almost all hard woods. I took ALL of the Black Walnut he was throwing out, As well as lots of Red & White oak, some Dutch & Siberian Elm and various other pcs. Whatever I could fit in the back of the Trailblazer. There wasn’t much room at all for me, much less my passenger, who grabbed all the 1/4” Birch Plywood that they could fit on their lap and int eh nooks I left open. Some pcs I got were 24” or a bit less, but most was between 48” and 102”.
There were a few slabs of various woods, plus a nice crotch piece of Poplar that I’ve already decided will be a table of some sort. I took TONS of pics, and measured and marked 20 pieces as well as cutting some rough edges on a few pieces as well. At the end of the day, I still had 50-75 pcs to measure and mark, but All in all it was a GREAT day.
-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric