a bit of a wood gloat

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Project by KnottyWoodwork posted 04-14-2010 09:25 AM 3676 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I get a call this morning from my father, who’s office is next door to a mill. He says there’s a stack of wood I need to check out. The fiance and I were planning and going to our normal supplier, and this place is along the way. So we jump in the truck and head off.

At first glance it looks like the standard weekly runoff pile I get for free from the usual supplier, but decide to look a bit closer. This pile has 4 large laminated pieces, about 20” wide 12ft long, and is CHOCKED full of 4/4 and larger pieces from 8-10ft long. 20 bucks later, and they load it for us! They also mention how they need to get rid of their normal run offs as well :-)

Took us 4 hours to unload/organise it, and we still have a sizeable pile on the workbench. Took a little time to cut 5 20×20 cutting boards out of one pre laminated piece. We plan on keeping 1 for personal use, and using 4 as thankyou/butter-up gifts for future bundles :D

Looks like we now have lumber for the seats, decks, and stems on the upcoming canoe! Along with a couple paddles!! and still have 3/4 of it left!

The first cutting board, or other project should cover costs on this whole stack.

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#1 posted 04-14-2010 10:26 AM

Great score!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-14-2010 10:33 AM

Interesting what kind of mill i would like to look into something local to me like this

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#3 posted 04-14-2010 11:09 AM

I envy you!!

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 04-14-2010 11:56 AM


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

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#5 posted 04-14-2010 01:43 PM

nice score.
Look forward to see what becomes of it.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#6 posted 04-14-2010 02:58 PM

There are a few places by me who help me out.
All you have to do is be polite & ask.
Most times you are helping them out by removing stuff they’d have to pay to have taken away.

Nice score you made there.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 04-14-2010 03:16 PM

Nice Score !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 04-14-2010 04:40 PM

This is what keeps wood nuts like me happy. Great score.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 04-14-2010 08:23 PM

Oh sweet!
It always pays to ask you never know till you do!!
Awesome score!!!!!!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#10 posted 04-14-2010 08:26 PM

F3rr3t-do you have any cabinets shops close to you or any construction sites? These are always good places to find free or cheap wood. cheap being price not quality!!!
Like woodwrecker said just be polite and friendly and most of the time your doing them a favor
by hauling it off!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#11 posted 04-14-2010 09:02 PM

F3RR3T- and others interested…
This bundle came from a mill that does dimensional lumber, and mouldings. I have another shop that does mouldings and railings, where I get some thicker lumber. My usual supply of runoff comes from a local hardwood distributer. They mill some of their own, and straightline their lumber, so the “run off” of those strips is “waste”. Quite a bit is usable, and allows for hours of enjoyment… errrrr work…. for free, plus it definately helps the profit margins!

I’ve been in the construction field my whole life, here for 10 years, and have made most of my contacts that way. Or through my father who runs a hardwood flooring company. But for new shops, we just go in and approach them with an easygoing friendly attitude. A breadboard here, a pen there as thankyou gifts also helps keep them on the “program” :D Plus we buy 90% of our materials through the main guys, that back scratching goes both ways!

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#12 posted 04-14-2010 09:26 PM

Looks like a great score. Congratulations on the find.

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#13 posted 04-15-2010 02:37 AM

and some already laminated….instant cutting boards? cool…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#14 posted 04-15-2010 04:42 AM

Excellent Score!

-- Dan - Marion, Iowa - Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone

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#15 posted 04-18-2010 02:07 AM

Nice score, I am working on stacking my recent score, will be posting in the near future. Always nice to have more than enough wood sitting around.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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