|Forum topic by Sandra||posted 09-26-2012 12:00 AM||2143 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
09-26-2012 12:00 AM
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
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.