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Sandra

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655 days ago

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So I answered an ad on Kijiji (like Craigslist) and ended up coming home with 134 bf of birch and maple for $175. Some are 2” thick and 10-12 feet long. The seller (who I tend to believe) got them from his wife’s grandfather when he passed away. He also had oak and cherry, but to my untrained eye, they looked really rough so I passed. He knew a little more about wood than me, but not much.

Based on the price of birch and maple at the box stores I think I got a pretty good deal but I have a few questions.

Any storage suggestions?? They are going to have to stay in the garage. It always stays above freezing, but I presume I should keep them off the floor?

Some of the ends are cracked etc. Should I cut those off now to shorten up the boards for storage, or is there a reason to keep them as is?

Most of the boards have old red or green paint on the ends, supposedly to mark the species, but the seller pointed out a few that he thought were mismarked. Other than the bark, how can I tell the difference?

At this point, I really don’t know what I’m going to use them for other than a 10ft piece for a ledge leading down to the basement.

While I’m in the market for a planer, I think it’s time to call on one of my neighbours for help. I’ve never planed a board let alone a 10 ft one.

Thanks for any pointers

Sandra

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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#1 posted 655 days ago

Ok, well, where do I start :P
so, The paint was when the people were drying the wood, it is like a sealer to the end grain.
You might want to build a lumber stand out of 2×4 pine to hold the wood horizontaly, or if you have no space, just keeping it off the ground would work also…
Umm, There are a lot of ways, but you can get a ridgid/dewalt planer for around 300-500….
The dewalt has good stuff, and the ridgid seems pretty decent.
Wait, you live in canada right?
So, Federated tools in london, ONT has a autumn sale…
I’ll be there on saturday… if you are there… meet you there!
Heres the sale thingy: http://www.federatedtool.com/Sept2.pdf
after going there, you can pass lee valley on the way home ;)

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#2 posted 655 days ago

Unfortunately I’m closer to the US than Ontario. And I could get into some serious trouble with a credit card at Lee Valley….

I”ve been reading about planers, and have pretty much settled on the Ridgid. Although there is a Dewalt on Kijiji.
Pardon my ignorance, but is planing a 10ft board something that can be done solo??

Thanks

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Bagtown

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#3 posted 655 days ago

Sandra, Where in Eastern Canada are you.
I might be interested in the rest of the lumber you didn’t buy.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#4 posted 655 days ago

Okay, I just checked out federated tools – no fair! I’m in the Maritimes, and HD is about as good as it gets here…

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#5 posted 655 days ago

HA! :D
so, you are pretty close to mike, and umm, you could get it shipped….

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#6 posted 655 days ago

Hi Mike,

I’m in Fredericton. If you go on Kijiji Fredericton the ad says hardwood/softwood lumber.
Heck, if you help me run some of the birch through the planer I plan on buying, you can HAVE half of what I bought. And I am serious.

Sandra

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 655 days ago

Also, 10 ft… its best to have a outfeed table… i’ve never planed that big, but you are probably going to get a ton of shavings… also, what model number is the dewalt?
A dewalt 735 is pretty much the best benchtop planer, and they cost around 500-600 dollars..
Also, last time I was at federated tools, last year… I spent more than $1200 on a router table… :D.

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#8 posted 655 days ago

The kijiji dewalt is the 735, but they are asking 550. The ad says it was only used once. hm…. sounds fishy to me. HD has it for 699. I may offer 450 for the kijiji one, and see what happens.

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rhybeka

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#9 posted 655 days ago

wow – wish I was closer Sandra! I’d help you plane for some of that wood :) Sounds like a great buy!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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Danpaddles

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#10 posted 655 days ago

An infeed and outfeed roller might be in order, but the planer will make it an easy job. Just give yourself a 20 foot space to work in. For a wall ledge as you described, you should be able to do it in one pass.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#11 posted 655 days ago

Question about the outfeed table – I have a Ridgid stand for my SCMS with very long outfeed rollers. As long as they are at the same level as the planer, could I use those somehow?

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#12 posted 655 days ago

I have a one car garage so I do my planing in the driveway. My planer (Dewalt 734) is on a stand so I roll it out in the drive, set up a outfeed roller and go for it. But I don’t plane more than about 4 feet. I don’t have any place to store 10 foot lumber, even though the local hardwood dealer has some oak that long.

It would be nice if you could figure out what you would be using the wood for and cut it down to a shorter length.

The DW 734 sells locally her in Houston area for $399 at Lowes and Home Depot. $569 for the DW 735.
I use a shop vac hooked up to the planer to collect the sawdust.
Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#13 posted 655 days ago

You would need more than 20 feet… 20 feet youi’ll get stuck at the planer! :P

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#14 posted 655 days ago

Good point. The driveway is about my only option….

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 655 days ago

Sandra, You can plane those boards no problem by yourself with adequate infeed and outfeed tables BUT unless you need 10’ pieces for your project, I would cut them down to more managable lengths and then run them through the planer. I have planed a LOT of 16’ 1×7” by myself with my Ridgid planer when I floored my office and my daughter’s office in her house (a LOT of planing!)

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

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