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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 02-27-2011 03:43 PM 1202 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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02-27-2011 03:43 PM

Just returned from a road trip to Central IL. (Mom’s funeral).
While there I picked up 100 bf rift sawn red oak, 70 bf of walnut and 60 bf of hard maple. All 15/16 and 1 side sawn straight. Got it from a guy that makes molding, casing, etc. near Effingham. Total cost was $380. It’s still on the truck, but I picked and loaded it. It’s prime stuff! Be unloading and drooling all over it today.
And that ain’t all!! My SIL’s brother says he has around 1000 bf of walnut that has been setting in his shed attic for 20 years. some 18”-24” widths. Offered that to me, too. I’ll be picking that up in July. Prob’ly not the whole 1000, though.
You guys east of the Mississippi might not find this such a great deal but, here in AZ, the cost would have been at least 4X what I paid. I’m a happy camper!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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patron

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 04:00 PM

you got a great score there gene
these woods are pricey here too
if i can even find them

-- 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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#2 posted 02-27-2011 04:20 PM

Dave, I used to go to Albq. to Paxton’s for hardwood. That’s probably as far from you as from me, though.
Hard to justify a 4.5 hr trip (1 way) for a few 100 bf.
Dunno if they are still in business, either.
Closest now is Southwest Hardwoods in Flagstaff…130 mi. 1 way. And, pretty pricey, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 04:53 PM

Gene, please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother.

Having said that. I must admit your post drew a smile from me. Who else but a true woodworker would come back from their mom’s funeral and brag about the wood score they made while on the trip? :-)

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

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:13 PM

Thanks Charlie. She was 91 years old and had Alzheimer’s for the last 15+. Due to other health issues, her passing had been anticipated for the last month. She’s in a better place, now.

Not bragging…..just sharing the good feelings. I don’t anticipate the need to make any lumber runs for a while…unless I can score some more of Bryant’s mesquite in Tucson!!!!!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 10:27 PM

Gene, let me offer you my condolences on your mother’s passing as well. I am sure she is in a better place but it is still hard on those of us left behind.

I can well understand your excitement over the wood. The guy I get my hardwood from told me about a client of his. The client was moving from Kentucky and in the process of building a house in Arizona. He bought several thousand feet of cherry and paid to have it shipped by tractor trailer to Arizona. He was going to make and install all the trim/cabinetry in his new home. Once the wood arrived he sold half of it to woodworkers in the area. The sale of the wood covered all of his costs so he ended up getting his wood free of charge.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 11:58 PM

Thanks Scott, for your condolences.

That KY/AZ guy made out well. The thought has crossed my mind, too.

Gene

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 08:05 AM

Condolences on the loss of your mother from me too.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 03:16 PM

Thanks. I appreciate you thoughts, Topamax.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 05:28 PM

bring back as much of the walnut you can carry and i may buy some and i can let the local club know you have some that could off set the cost for you
just thinking out loud

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Gene Howe

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#10 posted 03-01-2011 03:48 PM

Thanks again for all your condolences, guys. They are appreciated.

Got all the treasure unloaded and stickered. Projects are lined up. Eight routered trays, 2 post office door banks, 3 wall mirrors, a humidor (gotta find some Spanish cedar), a briefcase type pistol case and a gun cabinet.

I’ll post them as I finish them. I’m slow. Don’t hold your breath! But, all but the gun cabinet and banks MUST be done by this July. And, I’ve still got about 50 bf of mesquite to resaw from their present log state.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 03-07-2011 09:11 PM

It’s hard to make a sawmiller jealous. You did, nice score!!!

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