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StumpyNubs

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10-01-2010 02:32 AM

A year and a half ago I came upon a guy selling cut-offs from the lumber yard in neat stacks in his front yard as fire wood. For $30 a stack (works out to about $50 a face cord which is the going rate for good split firewood here). I bought about 2000 board feet of 4/4 and 8/4 maple, white oak and black walnut. A good amount of nicely figured maple, lots of spalted and the walnut is beautiful. I’ve got a yard full of stickered wood for about $300. Problem is the guy had cut most of it into short pieces for fitting into a wood stove. I wish I could have gotten to him before he took a chain saw to it all! So here’s the deal, it’s all air dried now and ready to go. What can I make besides cutting boards with so much great hardwood in short lengths? (Most between 16” and 24” long, 4”-12” wide)

What would you make?

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uffitze

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 02:54 AM

There’s a TON of stuff that you can make using only smaller boards.

Boxes, cabinets, coffee tables, and even chairs are all possibilities give the dimensions that you list.

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 03:37 AM

It sounds totally useless to me. PM me with your address and I’ll send a truck to take it off your hands. :-)

Seriously… boxes, boxes, and more boxes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 03:42 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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westside

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 03:52 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?

Use them for firewood?

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 04:31 AM

add some longer pieces for stiles and rails, and do paneled construction

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 04:45 AM

the maple
would make some nice spoons, rolling pins. they all sell well for me.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 04:57 AM

What do you do with a thousand boxes?
put $10 in each one

then you can buy some bigger boards !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 05:01 AM

I make marble drops with my leftovers. Also, you can make lots of toy trucks or cars to give away or sell for Christmas.

-- Go create sawdust

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 01:09 PM

What would you make?
Make a list of all your favorite people like me and other LJ’s that could use the wood. LOL
Your possibilities are endless considering that most parts are within the 16” – 20” range for large to medium projects and any thing less is beyond imagination. At about 6 cents a BF where you can’t go wrong with just about any project you want to do.
Now I’m going to have to talk to my lumber yard guy and see what he’s got for cut offs. Thanks for providing another resource for finding low cost lumber.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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degoose

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 01:18 PM

I bought nearly 4000 bf of European Wild Cherry in 24 inch lengths… I have made boxes, cheese boards, paddles and cutting boards…lazy susans and platters. and still have nearly 4000 bf left…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 01:14 AM

Turn some of it into pens!

Sharon

-- Sharon, Phoenix

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StumpyNubs

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 01:26 AM

Do pens sell well? I’m trying to start a woodworking business and this wood needs to be turned into dollars! What kind of wood do they make money paper out of anyway? :)

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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#13 posted 11-02-2010 01:31 AM

Right now, just before Christmas, they sell well if you don’t price them out of the market. I make mine as gifts, but according to friends who sell them, if you make relatively inexpensive kits (slimlines, comfort pens, decorator pens) you can sell them all day for $15 to $20 each at craft fairs and such for unique Christmas presents. And you can make one, start to finish, in about an hour. Stay away from the 24k gold plated kits. The plating chips off easily. Gunmetal, copper, brushed satin, satin gold, chrome all hold up better and stay looking nice. I’ve found the gunmetal and copper are most popular.

After the holidays, you would have better luck with the high end kits in exotic woods and priced in the $40-$100 range. You won’t sell many, but the profit margin on each one is good.

-- Sharon, Phoenix

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#14 posted 11-02-2010 02:30 AM

I normally decide what I was going to make with material that short before buying it but there are some good suggestions here.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 11-02-2010 02:50 AM

You are welcome to send some my way :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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