Two weeks ago, I attended an auction in California. An ‘Old Tyme’ cabinet shop was out of business and liquidating.
First I purchased some tools:
Clamps. Total price $185 or about .1.70 each
45 very heavy duty Wetzler bar clams
15 misc. lighter ‘home owner’ style clamps
53 C clamps from 5” to 12”
Then, three large tools Ritter horizontal 8” belt sander [with 4 new belts, 130”] @ $200 Union, 7” joiner, ca 1930’s, Free Davis Wells, horizontal driller, with aftermarket pneumatics’, complete, $100
And then “Three bins of ‘lumber’ “ 3 x $100 = $300 I hauled out about 2.7K bd ft of good lumber and left behind at least 5k bd ft of ‘stuff’, mostly 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, moldings’, garbage, misc, ect. I left anything less than 4’ in length. All wood is #1, no fall down grade What I brought home is: Riff sawn White oak Qtr. sawn red oak Slab sawn red oak Mahogany Cherry Brazilian Cherry Ash Clear Pine Qtr. Sawn Yellow Pine I have some items of which I got only 50 or 100 bd ft, some in which I got 600 to 800 bd ft [Riff saw White Oak, about 500 bd ft & Qtr sawn red oak, about 700 bd ft] I have figured the value of the lumber at between $ 11000 & $13,500 at fair market retial in this area
I also managed to trade off some of the clamps for enough cash to bring my ave. cost down to $1.30 per clamp Retail value of all clamps is over $3.,000
About ½ of the lumber is heading down to the High School Wood Shop. The Kids win this time!
When bringing the wood and tools back to my shop, the trailer was significantly overloaded. It has a capacity of a 10.4K # payload.
Then today, was given a Walnut log of about 9,000#. He gave me the tree and asked that I pay him $100 to load it. He also gave me about 100#s of Osage ‘Orange’ log.
Yes, I feel I must have used a gun and a bandana….............but I did not.
-- Rustfever, Central California