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Forum topic by PflugervilleSteve posted 06-13-2011 12:27 PM 1296 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2011 12:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lumber sawmill saw mill custom lumber wood mizer timber king walnut cherry spalted sycamore beech wooden planes

I’m wondering if there are any ‘specialty’ lumber requests for US hardwoods out there? I have several friends with sawmills all over the country and if they know there’s a need are open to keeping an eye out to filling it.

I recently asked one of them to make me some 12/4 quartersawn beech blanks for making wooden planes. If anyone else wants some, they’re $10 for a kiln dried 8” long 6” tall 3” thick blank.

Osage orange/bois d’arc/horse apple (maclura pomifera) bow blanks. No particular price set. Tree’s not sawed and not being a bowyer not sure what dims people would want.

Other possibilities:
Texas Honey Mesquite, Bradford Pear, spalted sycamore, etc.

If there’s no hurry, I can put your wish list for stuff that’s not common out to some guys who have the time and inclination to provide less common cuts.

Send me a message with ‘I wish I could get…’ list, your name, zip code, and a phone/email.
I’ll see if there’s any of the mill owners I know who can provide what you’re after.


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#1 posted 06-14-2011 04:15 AM

Different plane blanks would be of interest…

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 05:46 AM

I’ve often wondered why in my area that nobody harvests pecan trees for the wood !

There are over 600,000 pecan trees in the Albany Georgia area, which, as can be imagined is the Pecan Capital of the world. But when the older trees are culled from the plantations for replacement, the wood is burned. I know the limbs are brittle and break easy, but isn’t pecan a desirable hardwood ?

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 06:26 AM

Apple, Pear, and as you mentioned… Osage orange. Yes, Pecan too. Price is more of a concern to me than species. Are any of your buddy’s mills in Virginia? Local pickup would be preferable.

I’m guessing the main problem would be shipping costs. Have you figured that into the equation? Oddly enough, you might work from the other direction. Cut the blanks such that they tightly fit inside the box that has no weight limits on shipping. The fixed price boxes.

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 12:56 AM

Pecan wood is beautiful, but tempermental as all get out to dry. People love odd or unusual woods, but the shipping is always a concern. As far as the bow wood goes, good bowyers want hand hewn blanks at least 2” wide and 6’ long, bark on, aged a few years and with no twists… easier said than done. Nice offer.

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