Ever buy lumber without a specific project in mind?

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Blog entry by speakerscott posted 12-04-2007 09:05 PM 986 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I found a very nice piece of mahogany at the lumber yard yesterday….brought it home and promptly got the following questions from my wife.

What’s that?

What are you going to use it for?

If you don’t know…can I say that I have been wanting a new desk and dining room table…it would make a good one don’t you think?

So I went running back this morning to find the match to it…which I did…and I believe that I have a dining room table project in my future.

-- Scott, Austin-Texas...

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 09:08 PM

That’s a nice piece of wood, no doubt. And I know that I can always count on my wife to give me something to do. ;0)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 09:13 PM

My wife is always enthusiastic when I buy wood for a piece of furniture that she wants.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 09:56 PM

I almost never buy the wood for the project, but rather, design the project from the wood. I let the wood tell me what to make and how to make it. Most of my projects are designed to best show off the wood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 11:10 PM

I’ve got a workshop full of wood waiting for the right project and time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 11:17 PM

You can never have too much lumber in or around your shop, whether you
have a specific project in mind or not. I just wish there was more available
storage space in mine.

Nice find by the way.

-- Still learning everything

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 11:52 PM

I buy wood when I’m at a place to buy wood. If I have a project in mind that requires something that I feel is specific, then I’ll go that route. I also like to just have some oak, maple and cherry on hand in case I want to do something unplanned. I’d like to have some walnut around too, but it’s never in any abundance where I can have 10 or 20 bf around of it. Cherry, maple and oak are all over the place here.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 12-05-2007 12:48 AM

Sadly, I have far more lumber than I do completed projects. So I guess the answer is “yes”.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 12-05-2007 01:36 AM

When I have an order, I usually buy extra to have on hand and sometimes I just see something pretty that I want.(and sometimes Carleen tells me to quit looking because I can’t have that.)

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 12-05-2007 02:20 AM

Good googly moogly yes!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 12-05-2007 03:13 AM

Yeah I do it all the time, I have to control myself.

I hate to throw water on your campfire here, but the way that grain pattern runs could indicate a lot of tension in the wood. Especially if it runs an arch to the other end. I had a board that looked similar to that and it was a mess when I went to rip it. Crazy thing, it was a straight board to start with.

I will be interested in hearing how it turns out.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 12-05-2007 03:14 AM

I plead guilty.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 12-05-2007 06:36 AM


At the cost of sounding like a ahem smartaleck. (ME? NEVER)’s a good thing I don’t plan on ripping any significant amount of material off of them.

Nope…they are going to get crosscut at approximately 7’ lengths and joined in a book match pattern.

I had some hackberry (dirt cheap around here when you find it) do exactly what you describe to me. Drove me bonkers. Learned my lesson with that one. Found the secret was to sneak up on desired width by taking small amounts off either side until you got to it.

-- Scott, Austin-Texas...

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 12-05-2007 07:00 AM

Yep, you’ve been there.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Olaf Gradin

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#14 posted 12-05-2007 05:54 PM

I’m ordering 20BF of Magnolia and 10BF of “crazy” Sycamore that I’ve never even seen. The price was right, so I just told the guy to pick out some good ones for me. I told him I would use his pick as my evaluation of his hardwood operation.

I have no real purpose for it, but I figure I’ll think of something…

-- It takes a viking to raze a village. &mdash Blog'r:

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#15 posted 12-05-2007 06:05 PM

I always buy wood without a project in mind.

Just got about 9 – 19” wide 12 foot long Santos Mahogany boards. This stuff is about twice as hard as Red Oak. Very heavy also.

I have no idea what I will do with it, but an entertainment center sounds about right.


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

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