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Project by griff posted 02-16-2008 07:12 AM 2813 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago a farmer friend told me he had two cedar trees in one of his pastures that I could have if I would cut them, so I did and took them to my sawyer to have them sawed and got over 600 bd feet out of them.
I showed him some pictures of the bed I made out of the last cedar he sawed for me and his wife wanted one and he wanted to know if he could trade lumber for bed. Since I have very little money to buy lumber with and if I was going to continue to make sawdust lumber would be a great help, so i said ok we agreed on a 1000 ft of lumber for a bed. so far he has cut 500 ft of cotton wood and and some of them are 20” wide and 300 ft of white oak and I`m nowere through with his bed yet , Just thought I would share my excitement .

I posted some pictures of my shop today also .
Hope yall enjoy.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#1 posted 02-16-2008 07:17 AM

Yeah you got wood! Lifetime supply of wood for free – now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

-- --Chuck

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#2 posted 02-16-2008 07:44 AM

that’s a nice stash! I wish I had room for that much!

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#3 posted 02-16-2008 08:41 AM

You drive a touch deal Mike – good for you. I know what a cottonwood tree is – but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it used in woodworking. Is it a hard wood, like the oak or softer like pine? Either way, it’s got to be better to have than now :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-16-2008 10:47 AM

Wonderful deal Mike. You have every right to be that excited. I am happy for you as well.

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

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#5 posted 02-16-2008 11:49 AM

That is some mighty good “horse-trading” my friend.

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#6 posted 02-16-2008 02:10 PM

Nice job…enjoy the lumber

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#7 posted 02-16-2008 03:19 PM

Sweet deal. I’d be excited as well.

-- Andy Stark

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#8 posted 02-16-2008 03:27 PM


Gotta love a deal and a new wood stash.

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#9 posted 02-16-2008 04:10 PM

If you run out of space, you can stack some of that lumber here!

I haven’t worked with cottonwood, but it grows like weeds around here. I understand it’s working properties are similar to yellow poplar.

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#10 posted 02-16-2008 04:13 PM

Cotton wood is a soft wood it`s a first cousin to Poplar or from the same family.
I`v heard several of the old timers talk about cottonwood of how clear and white it is I just thought i would try it out . It is used mostly in making some plywoods and for making pallets.
He already had the log and was not going to use it he said , he makes crates to store sweet potatoes in for the local farmers. He cut 500 feet out of one 10’ log , if nothing else I can use it in that wood burning stove when it turns cold

Thank all for the comments

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#11 posted 02-16-2008 04:19 PM

Great deal, Mike. I’m envious! ‘Course I wouldn’t have room to store it….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 02-16-2008 06:08 PM

Now that’s a pile of wood. What a deal!

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

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#13 posted 02-16-2008 06:12 PM

That’s awesome! Make big projects now!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 02-17-2008 03:52 AM

You could use that wood to make a prototype first, then you don’t have to worry about messing up with the exotic stuff. Cottonwood should be pretty easy to work with.

-- --Chuck

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#15 posted 02-17-2008 07:47 AM

Thanks for sharing your excitement!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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