LumberJocks

How do you find the time to go pick up your lumber?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Holbs posted 02-27-2016 05:00 PM 895 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Holbs's profile

Holbs

1628 posts in 1695 days


02-27-2016 05:00 PM

I work 8am-4:30pm Monday – Friday using my company vehicle (Chevy Colorado with ladders and boxes of wire in the topper’d back). My local 2 hard wood suppliers are not open Saturday or Sunday. Both close at 5pm weekdays. I plan on using hard maple for my roubo split bench in the future so want to use hard maple in my upcoming project of a hand tool cabinet to give me experience working with the species. But I am finding it to be an obstacle to even get the wood. One lumber supplier said they “could” leave it outside when they close for me to come pick up after I drive home and get my Dodge 1500 truck (I would arrive around 5:30’ish or later depending on rush hour traffic). It got me thinking… how do the rest of you who are not retired or do this as a profession, go and pick up your lumber? Are your lumber stores open on weekends or til 7pm?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter


17 replies so far

View AZWoody's profile

AZWoody

843 posts in 890 days


#1 posted 02-27-2016 05:29 PM

Get a sawmill and make your own haha

View bandit571's profile (online now)

bandit571

16969 posts in 2349 days


#2 posted 02-27-2016 05:40 PM

Stop by there on Lunch Break. Then transfer the wood to your own truck later.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View Gixxerjoe04's profile

Gixxerjoe04

848 posts in 1243 days


#3 posted 02-27-2016 05:43 PM

Have a “doctors” appointment. Can’t believe those are the hours, everyone I know of is at least open on Saturday and some sunday too.

View Holbs's profile

Holbs

1628 posts in 1695 days


#4 posted 02-27-2016 05:59 PM

Bandit… the work truck bed is only 6’ long. For small pieces, this works but not for longer pieces. Would hate to cute a longer piece JUST to fit in the work truck bed, to find out I needed 2” longer at home.

Woody…stop bragging :) My own sawmill MIGHT come into play down the road.

Joe, I have done that before, taken a 1/2 day off to get over there to pick up stuff. Just wondered if I was missing something easy.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

View Fred Hargis's profile

Fred Hargis

4446 posts in 2159 days


#5 posted 02-27-2016 06:03 PM

I am retired but my supplier does have Saturday hours, very brief ones though; onlt 8:00 to 12”00. Still that’s better than none at all I guess. In your case, maybe try another supplier?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

View Holbs's profile

Holbs

1628 posts in 1695 days


#6 posted 02-27-2016 06:07 PM

Fred..only 2 suppliers in Northern Nevada :( The downside of the area. Sure, lots of pine and cedar due to the Sierra Mountain Range, but not much else for abundant supplies.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

15311 posts in 1522 days


#7 posted 02-27-2016 06:14 PM

I had two suggestions.
Buy from sellers on CL, but a quick check of Reno area found nothing.
Second is become a firefighter and you’ll have lots of time off during the week.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View ChuckV's profile

ChuckV

2960 posts in 3193 days


#8 posted 02-27-2016 06:33 PM

Do you have a lumber-savvy buddy with whom you could work out a deal? Maybe when he goes to make a purchase you could add your shopping list to his.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

View hotbyte's profile

hotbyte

945 posts in 2641 days


#9 posted 02-27-2016 07:28 PM

Do you have utility trailer you could run by at lunch with and then drop it off at house or work until end of day?

I’ve either taken part day or go on Saturday morning.

View DirtyMike's profile

DirtyMike

626 posts in 568 days


#10 posted 02-27-2016 07:39 PM

does nevada have a law that requires your load to be in the bed? seems like a couple of ratchet straps and red rag will solve your problem with your company truck. option 2 is to hire someone to deliver it , I bet you are getting gouged anyway for maple in Nevada.

View Holbs's profile

Holbs

1628 posts in 1695 days


#11 posted 02-27-2016 07:47 PM

Fire… I keep an eye on CL but it’s sparse.
Chuck… I am the only wood worker here :) Solo. All buddies departed Nevada when the economy tanked. Though, am thinking of joining local wood working club next month.
Byte.. no utility trailer. It’s on my to-do list. But not yet accomplished.
Mike.. no law about items sticking out the bed other than having a red flag on the end. Hmm… Mike… thanks for that idea. If I asked boss man to transport the hardwood, he might say yes. The trick will be to re-arrange my work truck at beginning of the day to make room for the lumber. Will look into this.
Hard Maple is 8/4 $4.73 BF

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

2710 posts in 1975 days


#12 posted 02-27-2016 07:53 PM

Find a job like mine, I work 4-10’s off on Friday. I also work (swing shift) 2:30 PM to 1 AM. Absolutely love that shift and hours. Lots of time to go shopping on my way to work.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View DirtyMike's profile

DirtyMike

626 posts in 568 days


#13 posted 02-27-2016 08:22 PM

Not a bad price at all for hard maple in the desert, good luck man.

View tomsteve's profile

tomsteve

506 posts in 885 days


#14 posted 02-27-2016 11:16 PM

ask a friend to pick it up and buy him lunch.

View Roger's profile

Roger

20754 posts in 2470 days


#15 posted 03-08-2016 01:38 PM

I don’t have any answer to that, but, as a retiree, I still find it hard to believe that I got anything done while working. I don’t get much done being retired. Days/nights come and go so fast, I can’t keep up.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

showing 1 through 15 of 17 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com