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10-12-2010 10:40 PM
I mentioned a while back that we are doing a walnut job. Well, I learned something new in the past couple of days. Starting the job I bought 450’ of walnut “clear” for 4.33 a bf. I really sunk some donuts in that wood. I needed about 150’ more to finish the job and the price of walnut has made things tight for me on this job.
Well, today at another supplier here in San Antonio, I bought 150’ of #2 common 4/4 rustic walnut in the rough for 1.62 per bf. I loaded the wood and it looked as good or better then the “clear” I bought from another place at 4.33 bf. There looks to be no knots on most boards and maybe one or two nots on a board. So I had invested 1950.00 in 450’ of walnut and if I had known I could have bought this “rustic” walnut in the rough which would have ran me 729.00. I over spent by more than 1200.00. I would gladly spend 2 days planing and running straight line on boards for 1200.00 savings. So I am just venting some here.
So, basically knowledge is POWER! If anyone is in for a walnut job check for a knotty or rustic walnut and save some money. Oh yeah, almost no sapp wood on the walnut I just bought, pure consistent color. I can only shake my head. Now I cannot wait until I get another walnut customer!!! :)
So, can anyone give me any suggestions on straight lining techniques. We do have a small 6” ridgid jointer that I plan to use to edge joint the boards. Honestly I have little experience with the jointer as it rarely gets used. Any suggestions are welcome…