Where's Waldo... I mean, Walnut? ...a sort of gloat.

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Forum topic by Spoontaneous posted 01-30-2012 04:36 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 04:36 AM

I needed some walnut lumber to use for spoons and Saturday morning I set about trying to find a store here in my area of So. Florida that had some. I called Lowe’s and they said nope, I called every lumber yard I could find in the online directories (half of which have evidently closed their doors). No walnut anywhere! Back in KY there must have been 15 different places in my town to buy domestic lumbers.

So I checked out craigs list and sure enough there was one ad offering an assortment of wood.. and much of it was short pieces of 1” walnut. The feller wanted $150 for the pile but was kind enough to give me a break and I proceeded to completely fill my little Honda to the gills.

What I had noticed in looking at the wood was several ‘exotic’ pieces like purple heart, ziricote, rosewood, bubinga and some what I think is lignum vitae. A fair amount of mahogany, some oak, and several large pieces of basswood. All of it plenty big enough for spoon carving.

Well, while I am sort of gloating… I should mention that back in late October I took a road trip to KY and VA. I visited my brother on his mountain top property and he had just gotten out of the woodworking ‘hobby’. He had sold his tools at auction but had one piece left over that he didn’t want to let go of at auction prices. He had just recently bought this ‘Jointech’ table for $1100 + and thought I might like to have it.

He threw in the attached 3hp router, a couple of boxes of router bits, all the fences, books, templates and the such. Now, I don’t even have a clue how to use the dang thing, but I carried it home like a trophy buck. One of these days I will get a chance to mess with it… but for now it makes a good table to set things on.

All in all a good take.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 04:52 AM

Excellent bargains- you are set for life.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 04:58 AM

Sweet, should keep you busy for a while.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 05:07 AM


-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 06:17 AM

Very nice…. time to get them chips flying.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 07:32 AM

” a good table to set things on ” , now that’s quite amusing . ; ) .best wishes

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 02:20 PM

a very nice haul

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 04:04 PM

WOW – nice score(s)!! There really is ALOT of spoons in that pile…...

As far as the ” a good table to set things on ”….I think not…...too much stuff in the way – like multiple sets of brand new router bits, panel raising bits, a precision incremental fence, books, templates…..etc. etc… .No Good!

Seriously – would love to see more pictures of the Jointech setup – that should be a really sweet rig….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 04:11 PM

A sort of gloat? I’d hate to see a gloat with an exclamation point! ;)

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

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 04:59 PM

Have not seen you here for a while, maybe I just did not notice you. Now that you have all that wood, I
hope to see more of your spoons. Congratulations on the wood gloat, you should be able to put it to good

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 05:07 PM

You hit the ‘Mother Lode’! What a haul! Good luck in your carving. RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 01:23 AM

Any chance your brother needs another brother? ;-)

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 02:07 AM

Jeff ~ It will at least be a while before I can have time to try and figure out the JoinTech thingy. I has a book but I am about as non-linear as they come. One of these days though…...

Nomad ~ It’s sad but I have tried myself to get one of my brothers to adopt me. They ended up with all the smarts, all the money and even the hair! “All I got was a rock.”

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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