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Forum topic by muleskinner posted 11-09-2018 05:04 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2018 05:04 AM

Pulled up to the lumberyard warehouse to load a couple sheets of plywood and this was just inside the door.

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 05:23 AM

Looks like someone’s ready for timber framing.

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 04:43 PM

I would hate to move that pile. This stuff does not even float.

—Madts.

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#3 posted 11-09-2018 04:45 PM

I worked one summer in a lumberyard that sold timbers when I was a kid. I can attest to the fact that the beam that is sold is always at the bottom of the stack, just like in the picture.

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#4 posted 11-09-2018 07:03 PM

Those may seem like big pieces if you are thinking furniture but in our area at least (Pacifif Northwest) Purpleheart has become the go-to material for major structural boat parts like stems, keels, etc. since the disappearance of Malaysian Gumwood. It may also be replacing MG in pile drivers.
You live in a very wooden boat loving area so I’m sure those timbers will be put to very good use.

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#5 posted 11-09-2018 07:11 PM



Those may seem like big pieces if you are thinking furniture but in our area at least (Pacifif Northwest) Purpleheart has become the go-to material for major structural boat parts like stems, keels, etc. since the disappearance of Malaysian Gumwood. It may also be replacing MG in pile drivers.
You live in a very wooden boat loving area so I’m sure those timbers will be put to very good use.

- shipwright

Are the prices lower per board foot as they’re being used on a more bulk, and generic construction basis up there?

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#6 posted 11-09-2018 08:37 PM

Wow, those are some large PH timbers. I wonder how long they would take to dry without cracking.

-- Steve

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#7 posted 11-09-2018 10:44 PM

The markings on the big one in the back near the bottom say 14” X 18” X 23’. That has to weigh a ton.

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#8 posted 11-09-2018 10:53 PM

I hope the logs were obtained legally. A few years ago on a boat trip on the upper Amazon, we observed locals that had felled and rafted up exotic logs to sell to a mill downriver in Iquitos (Peru). Most of this activity was illegal. If we encourage this commerce we face a time when Purpleheart is controlled like Ivory.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#9 posted 11-09-2018 11:20 PM

Take a look at Sampson boat co on YouTube. He replaced the keel timber of an old sailing yacht with a huge piece of Purple Heart. Amazing to see a timber that large ( and beautiful) being worked.

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#10 posted 11-10-2018 04:37 PM

I bought some yesterday, not quite that much ;-)

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#11 posted 11-10-2018 04:54 PM

Dang, which warehouse was that? Edensaw?

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#12 posted 11-10-2018 05:32 PM

I used to Flatbed for 20 years. The beam marked SOLD is for that whole stack, not just the one beam. A little bit of money there on that purchase. Your normal lumber yards don’t carry this size beam. There a place in Rogers,Mn, I used to hall this size beams to, and to Wheeler Lumber in Whitewood,SD used to hall in 4×12, 4×16, 6×10, 8×8, 8×10, 10×10 all 12’ through 30’ long. Wheeler supplied the beams for bridge construction and other specialty construction projects. Just a matter of ordering that size. “These two lumber yards did not sell to the public”.

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#13 posted 11-10-2018 06:28 PM

Lots of uses for purple heart including deck building.

http://www.woodassistant.com/wood-database/purpleheart-wood/

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#14 posted 11-10-2018 11:27 PM


Pulled up to the lumberyard warehouse to load a couple sheets of plywood and this was just inside the door.
- muleskinner

Have you watched the Samson Boat Company vids on youtube? The kid is an incredibly talented boat builder and is rebuilding (basically from scratch) a hundred year old wood boat Tally Ho. He uses purple heart about the size of that huge beam to replace the keel. Biggest scarph joint I’ve ever seen. Probably got it from there. He got the boat in Oregon and is rebuilding it in Sequim. I keep looking for an excuse to hop on the ferry to see the boat.

Edit…Oops Somebody already linked this.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 11-11-2018 01:41 AM



I keep looking for an excuse to hop on the ferry to see the boat.

- Andybb

Well if you do, you can also swing through Port Townsend and go to the Wooden boat museum. If you wait until September, they have the wooden boat festival. 2018 was the first one I missed in 4 years.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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