Lumber addiction!!! How bad is yours???

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Forum topic by athomas5009 posted 02-21-2016 01:17 AM 1004 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2016 01:17 AM

Well today, I again hulled some lumber home for no utter reason. It wasn’t a massive load but was about 35bf of some exotics and figured domestics. One board deff worth mentioning was a piece of waterfall Bubinga measuring in at 9”x96” 5/4. It was so bueatiful I could not pass it up!!!

To cut to the chase I had trouble making room for the haul on the racks. This brought me to tally the total BF of my collection. Well I conservatively estimated 225bf of exotics and figured domestics. This isn’t counting shorts, about 50bf of cedar, construction lumber, 2 sheets of birch and scrap bins!

Now I know there are prob many LJs that have it worse but I’ve only been in the game for 2-3 yrs and only have a 2.5 car garage shop.

So help me feel like less of a wood nerd and share how bad your lumber addiction is.

More importantly how do you contain it?

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 01:22 AM

I do the same with lumber. But my addiction is planes. I justify the lumber with more planes and more planes needs more lumber. It’s a cycle that SWMBO doesn’t understand.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#2 posted 02-21-2016 01:32 AM

about 20k bf my addiction is out of control

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 02:14 AM

Now that’s one hellofva stash JJ!!! I’m assuming you sell boards and saw logs in your spare time, or is that all for future projects? Shit with 20k that’s enough for the future projects of your grand / great grand children lol.

John – I started to get the hand tool bug about a year ago. It’s no where near obsessive but I’ve definetly added to the collection. I started off with all power tools besides a cheap set of HF chisels, 3 card scrapers, some W/D and a marble tile. In the past year I added 2 double round wheel Veritas marking gauges, a full set of new sweetheart 750s, 4 diamond an1 15000k shapton, Veritas cabinet scraper, Stanley no 4, 5 1/2, 7, 18 and 65. So I’ve deff picked up my hand tool game recently. But I still need a Roubo style bench to really enjoy the hand tools I’ve recently acquired.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 01:47 PM

I feel ya, It’s a true addiction. Sometimes I get the sweats and need to rush to the lumber yard. I have over 2000bf in my shop, it’s out of control… But the way I see it, I have potential for some big money by having it all.

I attached a pic for one small area I keep my live edge lumber. To the right just out of the frame is a big amount of walnut and pine. I’ll try and get a better pic.

I hope they will find a cure one day.

Actually, I hope they don’t :)

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#5 posted 02-21-2016 02:13 PM

Mine’s pretty bad, especially for the space I have to store it. With ash being plentiful and most of the free due to the borer beetle in this area I’ve got much of the attic over my shop filled with rough saw 6/4 stacked and stickered. Most of it isn’t too long (less than 3 feet) as I had to man handle it onto my bandsaw after cutting into a rough cant with my chainsaw. In 08’ the lumber yard I used to work at finally succumbed to the housing crunch and loss of business from the retail giants that moved in not too far away. Everything was auctioned off and I bought everything I had room for, maybe even a little too much! That was my start and though much of the original haul has been used for projects by now, it set precedence for a condition that I’m now not likely to be cured of any time soon.

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#6 posted 02-21-2016 02:16 PM

Hi, my name is mahdee and I am a lumberholic.


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#7 posted 02-21-2016 02:40 PM

Welcome Mahdee! We have coffee in the back. I am working on my two month token, I was up to four boards a day, but it was getting in the way of things. I mean it literally I couldn’t walk thru my shop ;)
Funny thread.

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 02-21-2016 03:57 PM

I don’t go out and collect lumber unless it’s needed for something in particular, but my problem is when the job is done, what do you do with all the “scrap”. I was told early on that “there is no such thing as scrap in a wood shop.” I have a heck of a time tossing anything, unless it gets cold and I need to feed the fireplace….Southern Arizona winters haven’t been very cold lately, so I’m being overrun by firewood…... help… ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#9 posted 02-21-2016 05:56 PM

Lol @ bearkatwood.
maybe make one of these:


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#10 posted 02-22-2016 08:40 PM

I’m a wood horder too, sitting on about 3000bdft. This is one of my overstock piles. I scored the 500 bdft of walnut for $2/bdft the other week.

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#11 posted 02-23-2016 10:54 PM

I just find myself looking at trees and wondering what the wood might look like. I tend to pick up logs at the side of the road as well. Wife says I’m a hoarder.

-- "A man is lucky to get out of this world alive!" (W.C. Fields)

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#12 posted 02-23-2016 11:26 PM

My confessions are here.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 02-24-2016 01:19 AM

I have three full logs cut and in the kiln at the mill right now of silver maple. I have no idea where I will put it but can’t wait to get it home!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 02-24-2016 01:26 AM

Addiction? No, but I’d call my condition a fetish. I have a pal who buys old kitchen knives and mushroomed axes. He finds them for a song at garage sales and then takes great pleasure in bringing them back to life, complete with a razor’s edge and mirror-like finish. Im like that with lumber: I love to walk the yard at my local mill, the nearby parkland, and even the big box stores. A board or five will say “fuigb, do see what is inside.” If I do i’ll bring them home and pull out the trapped box, bench, shelf, picture frame, etc.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#15 posted 02-24-2016 08:37 PM

Yeah, I have a 22” wide by 8’ 4/4 oak plank that I got for $50 about a year ago when my neighbor moved and didn’t ave a way to take it with him. It’s leaning against a storage cupboard in the garage. I have a project in mind for it, and am extremely pleased that I don’t have to do a glue up. Then, last week I went by the Habitat Restore here in town and found three 1”x12”X8’ red oak planks, for $45. That’s less than 1/4th of what it costs at the BORG. They’re leaning against the big one. I’ll need help to put them up in the rafters, for when I can use them.

I made some totes for all the highly figured pieces of wood I’ve bought over the years. Now that I’m retired, I’m getting the chance to do the woodworking I had planned on. Now, I’m off to the metal store to get some material to make a sled/runner setup for my new table saw.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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