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Forum topic by Al Vionnet posted 07-27-2012 09:26 AM 1349 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Al Vionnet

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07-27-2012 09:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bubinga cocobolo oak purpleheart wenge padauk teak zebrawood walnut maple cherry

I am brand new at this and looking for small pieces of good woods for the making of cutting boards.

I have made some with purple heart, padauk, walnut and bamboo and they came out quite nice.

Now, I plan to experiment with larger boards, which could be what I may like to do repeatedly but, to make sure I can do a better job than the people around, I need to buy some wood pieces, which would allow me to play a little without going broke.

If there is someone out there, who has some 1” thick pieces of good and hard woods and would like to be rid of them, I would like to discuss taking them off your hands.

The pieces should be no less than 24’ long and the width span should be something normal like 3, 4 or 5” wide.

I am always looking for pieces so this retired man can finally find a way to do these things and enjoy them.

Otherwise, if anyone knows where one can get good hard lumber at a decent price, I will appreciate finding out.

It is hard to be new and afraid to pay too much for the basic materials while I practice.

Please let me know if interested.

-- Al Vionnet, Laytonville, CA

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 11:31 AM

The pieces should be no less than 24’ long

That would be a really big piece of scrap!!

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 01:38 PM

24” x 3” of exotic hardwoods is hardly scrap to most of us.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 02:18 PM

I would agree. I’ve purchased pieces smaller than that.


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#4 posted 07-27-2012 02:24 PM

Be sure to check your local lumberyards for cut-offs. I get a lot of smaller pieces that way. They are usually discounted by 50%. Add that to the 15% discount I already get just for being nice and it is a great buy. I can walk out with a stack of shorter pieces of cherry, maple and oak and small pieces of the rare stuff for $20. Since I am mostly making small things these days, it is great. I just can not go in with a specific shopping list because I never know what they are going to have, so I need to visit them regularly :) and keep a stock on hand.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Cole Tallerman

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 02:37 PM

Also find a local professional cabinetry shop. I found one and i get 48” pieces of 8/4 mahogany and maple. Somthing they might consider a scrap is a jewel to us hobbyists!

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 04:22 PM

The pieces should be no less than 24’ long

That would be a really big piece of scrap!!

Holy smokes! I can’t imagine the shipping cost on that thing.

And yes, even at 24” x 3|4|5 x 4/4 | 8/4 that’s not really scrap to most of us. Cole and Kay both have great suggestions. I was at my lumber supplier yesterday and he had a huge stack of offs/scraps that got mixed in with his order. He said his lumber yard sometimes mixes in odd pieces to get them out of the way or to fill in space at no charge to him. These were 4-8’ x 4-6” x 8/4 pieces!

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 04:25 PM

I’d echo Cole’s comment, and add any other woodworking businesses in your area. They all produce scraps, just like we do, and their definition of “scrap” is usually a lot more generous than ours is.

-- Robb

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#8 posted 07-27-2012 06:10 PM

Oooo, I had not even considered checking out local business that consume nice wood. I avoid “used” wood because I 1) do not know enough to know what is good and 2) am deathly afraid of overlooking a nailhead or something else and ending up with a bullet through my heart . But this wood would be a great source. And I do hate to see nice wood going to the firewood bin. Great idea!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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