Lumber store: complete

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Blog entry by Todd Clare posted 04-13-2010 12:29 AM 918 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First trip to the lumber store, and I think it went well.

Got a cherry board (4/4 S3S) that was darker than the rest and pretty nice grain throughout. A tiny sliver of sapwood, but better than the other boards and doesn’t even go all the way through. I went ahead and bought the whole board—figure I’ll practice finishing on a hunk of it, and it’s always good to have some extra around.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 12:33 AM

Todd if you don’t mind saying, what did you have to give for it?

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 12:54 AM

nice board tood, where did you go and pick it up from?

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 01:09 AM

nice board, i got the bottom of the barel from rockler but one piece i have has very nice grain on both sides others have very light wood on one side and great looking grain on the other. i have to hit a lumber yard!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 01:58 AM

Nice haul Todd. Still yet to visit a dealer near me that seems to want to deal with hobbyist quantities.

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 03:25 AM

I think cherry has become my favorite wood. Currently in the houston area 4/4 goes for $4.50, 6/4 – $6.50. Harder to find 5/4 for some reason. That’s a speciality hardwood suppliers, not the borgs or standard lumber yards.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 03:39 AM

It was a pretty nice board. Price was 11.13 per board foot, and the board is 6.5 board feet. Althought I really didn’t NEED the whole board, I’d like to build up a stock collection so I opted for the whole thing so it ended up $72.37. I’ll likely only use a little more than half, so the next project is already primed.

The board was also over 7” wide which seemed to bump the price per up, but without a planer and jointer, I had to take what I could get. There were a few under 7” but there was a ton of sapwood in all of them.

I got it at Paxton Lumber in Denver

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 03:58 AM

Wow that’s some board and some price.

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 03:31 PM

Todd I think you could have done better shopping for lumber. You should try to find a little saw mill near you. Also in your situation look through Craigs list or something. You need to get thrifty in buying your wood supply; a regular old cherry board? I would have sent you 6.5 bf of Curly Cherry for that price. Just saying.

Love the design. Did you settle on a height difference from the back bottle rail to the front?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 04:44 PM

I opted for 3 1/2 inches from the top of the bottom rail to the bottom of the top/ The distance between the front of the back rail and the back of the front is 8 3/8” and I decided to keep the tops of the rails (front to back) level. It just looked better that way.

Yep, agreed about finding a less expensive way to purchase. There are a few other stores here I want to look at. At this point, it was a case of this store being close, easy to shop, and I wanted to get started. Next project will definitely take some more shopping and poking around under rocks and behind barns to find the good stuff.

-- Todd (Denver, CO -- Highlands)

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