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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 10-05-2015 02:51 PM 912 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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10-05-2015 02:51 PM

Recently I bought an entire storage unit of walnut from my local sawyer for $100. Rough calculation ended up north of 270bf with 4 large slabs. Also I ended up with quite a bit of white oak that he just added on top of our deal for free. 3 very long 12-15” wide slabs of the white oak. I believe the longest is around 15’.

Needless to say my two car garage is overflowing with an unreal amount of wood. I got a phone call from a friend who’s grandfather passed away last year. He owned a saw mill south of Oklahoma City and they haven’t done anything with all of his kiln dried lumber that was there. He milled mainly walnut, but also has quite a bit of persimmon left over. I told her I didn’t have the money to buy all the lumber, but would love to help find someone who was interested in buying the old saws. Her mother arranged a deal with me after I lined up a buyer for the saws. I’m now the proud owner of a small barn full of walnut, persimmon, and I’m not even sure what else is there. All I have to do now is move fence panels from the land there to their family farm a few towns over. I’m going to have to build a storage shed on my dads acreage to store all of this.

Thinking my good luck has been tapped for the entire year I was just content to call it a year and put my nose to the grindstone working through all of this lumber. The sawyer who already hooked me up with a good deal, and bought the saw equipment from the other deal called me again. He informed me that he found a sawyer out by him who is retiring. Some how this older man hasn’t been able to sell much of his wood for the past few years and just wants to clear out his entire barn. I didn’t get too excited until I heard that he has a very large saw and has been cutting table top sized slabs. His average slab is 40” wide, 3” thick, and 10’ long. He apparently doesn’t know how to market, and also hates computers. My new sawyer friend and I are in the process of buying his entire barn to close him out, and the equipment. He is still working up a final price, but there have been prices of 50-60k thrown around for well over 200 of these large slabs along with all of the other lumber in the barn. If we can agree on a mutually beneficial price I already have three buyers lined up to bid on the entire lot of lumber and slabs (minus the ones I pick).

On top of everything else, my little baby girl is standing on her own and our 6 yr olds adoption is almost finalized! Just thought I would share all the insane amount of good luck and blessings that have been taking place recently.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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Michaelmjc

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 03:55 PM

OH MY! Now that is a story. Talk about good luck, you’re killin it! That’s amazing. However, this whole story is fake unless you show us all the wood :)

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 03:59 PM

Congrats!

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 06:15 PM

Congrats from a very jealous woodworker!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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PhillipRCW

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#4 posted 10-05-2015 06:19 PM

Michael, I will be posting pictures very soon. My garage is horrible looking right now because of all the wood.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#5 posted 10-05-2015 06:23 PM

Send me your address and the dates of your next vacation and I’m sure a few of us can help clean up your garage. ;-)

Seriously, congrats and you suck!

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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PhillipRCW

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#6 posted 10-05-2015 06:29 PM

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#7 posted 10-05-2015 06:30 PM

This is the first storage unit of lumber. It ended up being two full loads in the truck and one in the Jeep.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#8 posted 10-05-2015 06:31 PM

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#9 posted 10-05-2015 06:32 PM

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#10 posted 10-05-2015 06:33 PM

The last four images are just around the workshop part of the saw mill. The majority of the lumber is in the barn. Then there’s also a storage shed at the house I’m delivering the fence panels to that has lumber in it.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#11 posted 10-05-2015 06:34 PM

The final deal is all just over the phone so far. Waiting to find out more on that and then go view the barn myself. Potentially over 20,000 bf of very large slabs and then several thousand bf of other lumber. It sounds enticing enough that I already contacted my business banker and informed him of it just in case I need to proceed.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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BasementShop

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#12 posted 10-05-2015 07:16 PM

Now I know why all my free lumber deals have dried up! Phillip has been sucking the universe dry of all of it!!!

Congratulations!

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PhillipRCW

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#13 posted 10-05-2015 08:16 PM

Haha Basement. I’m guess so. I’m still waiting to follow up on a pile of old barn beams and what not from a cousin’s farm. Might do some trading. I build him a table in turn for a lot of barn wood.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#14 posted 10-05-2015 08:27 PM

I’m pretty sure there’s a law against all that. If not, there should be!

Would you be willing to adopt a ‘slightly’ older child??

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#15 posted 10-05-2015 09:32 PM

Very personal story, and I enjoyed reading it. Some of my fondest memories have been loading and hauling lumber from sawyers and homeowners. My kids may not share the same joy, but they are usually along for the ride. There is something special about knowing where your lumber came from. It makes a good story when you can say this dining table came from…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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