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niki

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04-09-2007 07:10 AM

Good day

I would like to tell you how I buy Oak in Poland.

You go to the village and ask who has Oak (Domb in Polish) and they know that “He” is selling.
You go to “He” and argue about the price that is around $400~$600 per 1 cubic Meter (35 cubic feet, we don’t use “Foot Board”).

Usually, the boards are air-dried for more than 7 years (he will not sell if it’s less).

After short negotiation (and he must say the last word), and hands shake he organizes some small track to take the boards to the village carpenter that has this big, heavy, 24” German planer and he plans it to your requested thickness from two sides and organizes the track to bring it to your garage. The transportation and planing costs additional $50 but thinking about all the dust and the fact that I don’t have planer (nor track), it’s worth it.

From this moment, I start to work and the first step is straightening one edge with the “jig” and the other side as usual.

I prefer the method of “the guide on top of the wood”, that way the wood is running on the table and not “hanged” in the air.

Regards
niki

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#1 posted 04-09-2007 07:13 AM

Nice and efficient. No need for expensive toggle clamps. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 04-09-2007 11:33 AM

I enjoyed reading the story.

You are a man of invention! Well done.

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#3 posted 04-09-2007 01:01 PM

Nice setup, The original boards have quite a bend in them. Do you experience any bending , or twisting after re-sawing ?

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niki

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#4 posted 04-09-2007 03:05 PM

Thank you

Dick
Most of the bent panels were cut to 3” strips and the Polyurethane glue did the rest…

niki

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#5 posted 04-09-2007 03:53 PM

Very good Niki. I’m guessing that 1 cu meter is about the same as 420 Bd Ft of lumber.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#6 posted 04-09-2007 08:04 PM

Thank you Karson

You are correct, if I calculated correctly according to this site it is 423 Board feet
http://www.woodzone.com/tips/board_feet/board_feet.htm

niki

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#7 posted 04-10-2007 03:58 AM

So the price you are paying of 1.00 to 1.50 per BDF is similiar to our prices. But the boards that you showed seemed that there could be some to a lot of waste on those boards. These were all air dried and not kiln dried. Are any of the timbers large or are they usually smaller?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#8 posted 04-10-2007 08:56 AM

Hi Karson

Taking into account that I’m Paying “Euro prices” (not only Euro hinges we have here. Hitachi M12V costs here $550 comparing to $120~150 in USA), it’s still very cheap. The Lauan for the Coffee table was around $250 but that’s Japan.

You are correct, there was a lot of waste (40~50%) because I’m trying to choose the best parts.
Two years ago, I bought a kiln dried Oak but it was the same till I learned to use the “not so nice” parts for places that are not so visible and now the waste is around 20% (well, I use it for jigs etc).

There are also larger boards but they are not easy to find because usually the carpenters are buying them in big quantities “out of the saw mill”, for me, 420 BF are enough for 2 years work

niki

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