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Lumberyard Bargain

by StumpyNubs
posted 10-01-2010 02:32 AM

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 02:54 AM

There’s a TON of stuff that you can make using only smaller boards.

Boxes, cabinets, coffee tables, and even chairs are all possibilities give the dimensions that you list.

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 03:37 AM

It sounds totally useless to me. PM me with your address and I’ll send a truck to take it off your hands. :-)

Seriously… boxes, boxes, and more boxes.

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 03:42 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 03:52 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?

Use them for firewood?

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 04:31 AM

add some longer pieces for stiles and rails, and do paneled construction

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 04:45 AM

the maple
would make some nice spoons, rolling pins. they all sell well for me.

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 04:57 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?
put $10 in each one

then you can buy some bigger boards !

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 05:01 AM

I make marble drops with my leftovers. Also, you can make lots of toy trucks or cars to give away or sell for Christmas.

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 01:09 PM

What would you make?
Make a list of all your favorite people like me and other LJ’s that could use the wood. LOL
Your possibilities are endless considering that most parts are within the 16” – 20” range for large to medium projects and any thing less is beyond imagination. At about 6 cents a BF where you can’t go wrong with just about any project you want to do.
Now I’m going to have to talk to my lumber yard guy and see what he’s got for cut offs. Thanks for providing another resource for finding low cost lumber.

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 01:18 PM

I bought nearly 4000 bf of European Wild Cherry in 24 inch lengths… I have made boxes, cheese boards, paddles and cutting boards…lazy susans and platters. and still have nearly 4000 bf left…

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 01:14 AM

Turn some of it into pens!


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#12 posted 11-02-2010 01:26 AM

Do pens sell well? I’m trying to start a woodworking business and this wood needs to be turned into dollars! What kind of wood do they make money paper out of anyway? :)

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 01:31 AM

Right now, just before Christmas, they sell well if you don’t price them out of the market. I make mine as gifts, but according to friends who sell them, if you make relatively inexpensive kits (slimlines, comfort pens, decorator pens) you can sell them all day for $15 to $20 each at craft fairs and such for unique Christmas presents. And you can make one, start to finish, in about an hour. Stay away from the 24k gold plated kits. The plating chips off easily. Gunmetal, copper, brushed satin, satin gold, chrome all hold up better and stay looking nice. I’ve found the gunmetal and copper are most popular.

After the holidays, you would have better luck with the high end kits in exotic woods and priced in the $40-$100 range. You won’t sell many, but the profit margin on each one is good.

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 02:30 AM

I normally decide what I was going to make with material that short before buying it but there are some good suggestions here.

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 02:50 AM

You are welcome to send some my way :)

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#16 posted 11-02-2010 03:07 AM

I’m with fredf on this one, as well as all the other ideas:

If you are a bit creative in your design, and willing to go to the trouble of gluing up panels, there is a lot of items that do not require long lumber. End tables (that sit by a couch) “commodes” (the little bedside night stands, etc) are a few that come to mind. Keepsake chests, jewelry boxes, serving trays, chairs, can be made with “short” pieces.

If you do want to invest a little bit in buying longer boards for tops, etc, then blanket chests, trestle tables, pedestal desks, etc all use a lot of shorter pieces.

Think floating panel type construction and you will find most of the pieces will fall into the size of what you have. If its not quite tall enough, add a base with a skirt to make up the couple inch shortage.


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#17 posted 11-02-2010 03:08 AM

I am thinking boxes, drawers, drawer fronts, and if you have sticks long enough cabinet doors.

Of course you can do LOTS and LOTS of clocks.

Admittedly longer would have been nice, but with enough imagination, there are TONS of projects you can do with short stock… And if you are willing to do laminations, then you can actually get workable longer stock out of the whole shabang. Use your imagination, and have at it. That much stock is a ton of woodworking projects just aching to happen…

For what it’s worth, I have a couple of projects that I would LOVE to have some of that Walnut and Maple for. Specifically Tambour clocks, and a couple of those dancing clocks from the Wood Magazine plans. Of course I would prefer Mesquite and Pecan and work more rustic Texas themed sort of projects for gifts… (Hey it’s where I live after all!)

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#18 posted 11-02-2010 04:07 PM

New flooring for the house? I would love to find a deal like that to make flooring.

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