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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 12-26-2011 05:28 AM 1146 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2011 05:28 AM

My family went together and gave me a substantial gift certificate for this company. I’m at a loss as to how best to spend it as I have never bought any nice woods before. All suggestions appreciated. I am currently overwhelmed with the choices (like going to Baskin Robbins!).

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 05:49 AM

go in for the first time and drool for a while buy a board or 4 just to get it out of your system then youll go back in with a clear head amd knowing what you want

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 07:33 AM

Well…...

You just spend it one board at a time
Cuz it didn’t cost you a dime
We’ll know its you when you post it on Lumber Jocks.

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 03:46 PM

I just checked out their website. Lucky You!!! I wish I lived closer – I’d spend an entire weekend at Hearne’s.

-- Dan Christensen "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." --PLATO

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 04:01 PM

In my opinion, it’s easier to buy the lumber for a project then to find a project for the lumber. I would go look around and see what inspires you. My last trip to a Hardwood Dealer I bought a real pretty Lace Wood Board. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but it’s sure pretty.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 05:06 PM

book matched bubinga for a table, since you make a lot of small boxes try some becote, it smells like fresh carrots when you mill it and is very nice wood. stay away from the koa as you need to hand select it for the best curl, zircote is out of this world expensive thats why they say call us. the pink ivory is fake because as i have heard that it comes from the congo area and only the chiefs son is allowed to harvest a piece for a spear when he becomes a man and anyone else caught cutting it is beheaded, so i have been told. flame crotch mahogany ahhh that would be nice, cocobolo is very hard and toxic but looks great on small pieces, east indian rosewood is a good match with black walnut if you mix them. quartersawn white oak if want to try a mission piece. so many choices you lucky guy

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 05:10 PM

^watch out for that bocote; I developed a raging allergy to it. Vonhagen has some excellent ideas.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 12-26-2011 05:16 PM

yes i think becote is toxic so be carefull, a lot of the exotics are toxic so wear a resperator. i broke out in a bad rash from cocobolo

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#8 posted 12-26-2011 05:27 PM

First ,like everyone reading this I’m jealous. I wish I had your problem. :)
If you live near enough go there and browse. They are very friendly and will give you a tour. Ask questions they are very knowledgeable and wood workers themselves.
I would ask yourself what do I want to build? What wood do I want to use? Then do you want flitches or cut lumber. There thing is flitches. I bought 36 in wide flitches from them to build a chair. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/21321
I was not disappointed.

-- HenryH - PA

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#9 posted 12-26-2011 05:45 PM

look at the end of the boards, i use quatersawn 90 percent of the time

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#10 posted 12-27-2011 03:20 AM

They are in Pennsylvania and I’m in Oklahoma so I don’t think I’ll be ‘dropping by’. I don’t have a huge amount to spend but have always thought zebrawood was cool. The shipping will probably be better if I spend it all on one order. I’m thinking some zebrawood and some???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-27-2011 03:18 PM

zebrano is nice, i have done a few pieces in it. it smells like your at the zoo when working with it, not toxic, and is usually quarter sawn for vertical grain bookmatching. it will play tricks on your eyes as the grain reverses. black walnut would be my next choice.

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#12 posted 12-27-2011 03:57 PM

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#13 posted 12-27-2011 04:00 PM

and bubinbinga

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#14 posted 12-27-2011 04:46 PM

I agree with your thought of the Zebrawood. I have made Zebrawood boxes and just made a Zebrawod dining table and love the look of Zebrawood.

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#15 posted 12-28-2011 01:00 AM

Lucky you,Andy! If i were the one getting the gift cert, I’d look for something I’ve always wanted, looked for but couldn’t find – that that is quilted maple big enough to make a coffee table with matching end tables (3) for the living room. And Hearne most likely would have it. Good luck Andy and do let me know what you decide on.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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