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Forum topic by KelleyCrafts posted 12-21-2016 05:17 PM 1606 views 2 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2016 05:17 PM

Good day! It has become apparent that many of us would like to participate in swapping some of the local species of some of our fellow Lumberjocks we are unable to get or would have to pay a fortune for otherwise. Or maybe you have some exotics sitting around that you grabbed from somewhere for some project and no longer need it.
Here in lies the official wood swap thread. There aren’t time lines to this one like a normal swap has because you will need to manage this on your own. If you have some wood that might be desirable to others on the forum that you are willing to trade for something then post some pics and let the world know what you have. In the process specify what you want or if you’re willing to just see what others are willing to offer. Should be a fun process.
The rub, this isn’t a for sale thread but it also isn’t free because shipping costs can end up costing a bit when it comes to filling a box full of wood.
I was going to be super diligent and post board feet per priority mail box vs prices etc but decided the prices would change over time and I might someday cut my fingers off on my massive 14” table saw and wouldn’t be able to come back and type to fix them so I’ll leave you to figure that out. I do however have some rules. The rules can change as suggestions come in, just be sure you request changes before the aforementioned finger issue.
1. Fill the box!!! Take time and cut the wood to size to actually fill the box full, very full. The cost will be fairly spendy per board foot overall so give your fellow LJ a good amount for the shipping cost incurred in this ordeal.
2. Offer up good wood. Stuff that you would be proud to give someone. If we all give up good stuff then we all get good stuff back. If requested straight boring grain works but make sure your fellow LJ knows what they are getting to replace that awesome burl or bird’s eye.
3. If the opportunity arises or the wood offering gods let you, dimension the wood per the recipients request so they can get exactly what they want or multiple species, etc. I’m not saying cut 25 pen blanks out of the same piece for them, they should be able to do that on their own.
4. Use common sense and courtesy. Don’t be an ass.
5. The shipping party will be responsible for the shipping costs. If you can get better rates through work or whatever then take advantage. I for one am not so lucky.

This is not a LumberJocks sanctioned swap. You and your recipient are completely responsible for shipping costs, issues, delivery, cutting, milling, etc.
If I left something out, PM me and I will edit this post promptly.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 11:15 PM

Great thread! I’ve got a couple swaps lined up with you and Terry so I’ll wait until after that to offer anything else up.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 11:20 PM

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll add to it at the moment but at least we have it. I will edit it to include the shipper is responsible for the shipping cost so we don’t mess with paypal and whatnot.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#3 posted 12-21-2016 11:51 PM

Great idea, just wonder what limitations there may be going across borders? I have been questioned bringing wood into Canada from Hawaii and even driving up from Washington but have had some woods mailed from Portland with no problem? That said I have some White Birch (Alberta) and some spare Red Cedar (B.C.) I might offer up on trade for?????

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 12-21-2016 11:59 PM

Now this could get exciting! I have some silver maple and that wormy chestnut I spoke of. I guess photographs would be needed.

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

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Don W

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 12:02 AM

I’ve got 3/4” white oak and some 2 x ash. I’ve filled a flat rate box a few time. I’ll trade for almost any thing I don’t have that would make cool knobs and totes.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 12:05 AM

Great Andre. Leave it to the Canadian to ruin it!!!


Maybe I’ll add something in the post to obey local wood transporting laws to eliminate responsibility.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#7 posted 12-22-2016 01:47 AM

I got various stuff that I cut. Best is just to contact me and see if I have anything you would be interested in.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-22-2016 02:15 AM

Just as a tip for peeps on the thread, without knowing your location there’s no clue to what you might have if you’re all posting local woods.

On another note, I can guarantee if you want to swap with someone, pics of what you have will help seal the deal. We all love wood porn pics….shut up I didn’t mean it like that.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#9 posted 12-22-2016 03:18 AM

I have several different ‘figured’ woods that I would consider trading. I am located in Central California. If anyone local has an interest, please send PM.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#10 posted 12-22-2016 04:58 AM

I have a lot of 4/4 teak about 3” wide and some Hickory that is 2 1/2” to 3” thick about three feet long.ill get some pics tomorrow. I’d love some cutoffs of Jatoba or other exotics.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#11 posted 12-23-2016 02:44 PM

i would totally love to do this. i have some sassafras, cherry and maple, stacked and stickered.

i’m in northern NJ zipcode 07430.

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#12 posted 12-23-2016 03:06 PM

I’ll be participating in this more over the next year. I’m milling a bunch of dry stuff next week. The thing is, every swap I participate in ends up being about $20 in shipping so I have to limit myself I already have commitments for a couple.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#13 posted 12-23-2016 04:17 PM

I’m in.

I might be able to scrounge up something for this :)

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#14 posted 12-23-2016 04:25 PM

What I have: 1) Norway maple, some highly figured, some not. 2) Siberian elm, no figure. 3) black locust, no figure. 4) Box elder, no figure. 5) Hybrid poplar, some spalted, some not. Most wood is 4/4 rough sawn, but I have some 8/4. I can run through the planer before shipping to save space/weight.

What I’d like: Less common (to me) domestics. Examples would include things like dogwood, holly, sassafras, sumac, persimmon, osage, fruitwoods, madrone, and many others. Also most exotics. Figure is a plus. Quarter sawn is a plus.

Where I am: Western Montana, zip code 59808.

Here are a few example pics of what I have. Note: these pics are mostly of smaller cutoffs, but I have bigger stuff too. The pictures in order are: 1) figured Norway maple, 2) Siberian elm, 3) black locust.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#15 posted 12-23-2016 04:41 PM

Woody, snap some pics and post. Obviously you’ll have to dig through the smaller cutoffs in your shop, I doubt you’ll want to shop slabs.

Bob, I think I’m in love with the maple in that first pic. Wow! Looks awesome.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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