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Blog entry by recycle1943 posted 07-21-2018 01:54 PM 571 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a few weeks ago I was invited to clean out a wood pile in an old barn. The owner was a widow and she said that her husband had been telling her for years that the wood over the grainery was walnut.
No price had been discussed although I did bring it up a couple times. After getting to the wood pile ( just had to climb a short ladder ) I found a very large pile of neatly stacked wood.
I threw some down to the barn floor and went down to cut an end off to see just what I was dealing with. Most of the lumber was 10’ to 12’ long and in weird dimensions. for example, I found many exact 3” x 5” x 12’ long pieces and a lot of 1” x 13 1/2” x 12’ long HEAVY planks, they turned out to be oak. Since they were already on the barn floor I cut a few to 10’ long and loaded them on the truck even tho I don’t care to work with oak.
I went back up on the grainery and started sorting, I couldn’t see so I made decisions by weight. When I got to some planks that were about half the weight of the oak planks I knew I had found the mother load. They were 13” to 14” wide, 1” thick and 12’ long. Down they went and on the truck.
After I got the load home and could see what I had I stacked it in the shed according to specie. WELL, last week I finally decided to make a monstrous walnut hall table because the guy that found the wood to begin with had already given me half a dozen 4 ” x 4” walnut ‘legs’.
I cut the split end off of one plank and the dust had a distinct red color. WHAT !! I only have a 13” planer so I had to rip the edges off and more red dust, now I can’t wait to see what comes out of the planer.
If you by now already guessed CHERRY, you’re right.
I planed it anyway and ended up with a solid 1” plank 13” wide and 5 feet long. Not only cherry but wormy as all get out. So I leaned it against the wall until I decided what I wanted to do. a few days later I picked it up with the intention of making something. To my surprise, it had cupped considerably, no twist nor bow just some serious cupping. Back against the wall it went.
So I decided to call the widow and tell her what I had found. She was as surprised as I was and I told her that my curiosity was getting the better of me. She agreed that she wanted to know as well so sometime this week I’m going back to the ‘barn’ and do some more digging. This time I will have some light and can take my time.
Payment was brought up (by me) and she said that I had already paid for the wood and whatever I wanted that was in the barn is mine. No, I said, I paid for the wood I already got and that I would pay for any more that I got.
Now most of you guys know what I do so I have say that so far the only money spent is for gas in my truck which amounts to about $20 round trip.
Perhaps that might shed some light on why I mail my bowls all over the world, I’ve been blessed many times over thru the generousity of people I’ve met. I truely believe in Karma
here’s a couple pics of the wood when I brought it home.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them



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Jacksdad

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#1 posted 07-21-2018 02:53 PM

That’s a great score, make something cool with it, maybe also make the lady a nice box or something as a gift.

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 07-21-2018 04:40 PM

Nice haul, Dick. Be sure to let us know what you find on your next trip.
As suggested above, a gift from her wood would be nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 07-21-2018 04:49 PM



Nice haul, Dick. Be sure to let us know what you find on your next trip.
As suggested above, a gift from her wood would be nice.

- Gene Howe

I already made it. I’ll take it to her this week when I see her this week

All she wants is a nice little cutting board soooo

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 07-21-2018 05:51 PM

Really great find for you, have fun with the wood.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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peteg

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#5 posted 07-21-2018 07:57 PM

You did well Dick, I can see the smile on your face from here :)

cheers

pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 07-21-2018 11:24 PM

Good story,nice “rescue” and YES: she does deserve something great made from some of that same wood!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-21-2018 11:48 PM

What a great find!! the Lord blesses those who take care of their friends like you do!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice gift back to her!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, my friend!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 07-21-2018 11:50 PM

Nice haul, Dick. Be sure to let us know what you find on your next trip.
As suggested above, a gift from her wood would be nice.

- Gene Howe

I already made it. I ll take it to her this week when I see her this week

All she wants is a nice little cutting board soooo

- recycle1943


Nice it is. VERY! But, little? It’s a beaut, at any rate. She should be thrilled.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 07-22-2018 01:22 AM

Dick, it’s gotta be good to be you :-) Happy for you my friend and that is one nice cutting board.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 07-27-2018 03:06 PM

OK guys,
If anybody wants/needs some OLD oak timbers I am going back to the barn Monday morning. If there’s any interest I’ll haul all that I can get on the truck back to my place and you can pick it up here FREE ! I’m not sure exactly what’s there but if you’re particular don’t bother. I do remember some 3” x 5” x 10’ long oak, pretty sure there’s more of that.
Now the thing is, I’m not going to bring any oak back unless somebody wants some because I already have more than I can use. All I want out of the barn is walnut if there is any.
So, let me know anytime from now 11:05 am est Friday 7/27/18 until about 7 am Monday 7/30/18 I’ll be heading out about that time and my phone service is sketchy where I’m going.

Remember – IT’S FREE !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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