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Forum topic by Willeh posted 10-08-2012 01:17 PM 1312 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Willeh

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10-08-2012 01:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry maple pine ash oak mahogany

In my quest to find affordable lumber to work with, i’ve been scouring Kijiji (Aka Canadian cragislist), trying to find some decent deals rather than paying full retail at the local mill.

Finally came across and ad for “Black Cherry, Maple and other assorted boards, stored inside, $100”, and a picture of what appeared to be a small shed stuffed with boards. They guy was close enough that it worth a drive to check out… turns out that it was a relative who had died’s stock that was stored on his property, and he just wanted rid of it.

Got it home and sorted it out as I unloaded it.

Out of the Cherry, I counted 10 boards, 10 ft long, 12 inch wide 4/4 plust another 20 or so boards 8-10 inch wide, 8-10 feet long 4/4, The cherry looks like real old-growth stuff and is HARD… WAY WAY harder than the newer cherry that i’m able to get at the mill. Figure there is about 200 board feet in total of cherry,

Out of the maple, there was about 30 boards, 8-10 ft long, 8-10 inch wide, 4/4, another 200 board feet or so,

Then there is a misc pile of smaller oak, mahogany and ash boards, a pile of pine shorts, and a stack of other random firewood/construction grade material.

Cherry sells locally for $6.90 bd/ft, Maple about $6 bd/ft.. Think I did ok for $100?? This wood is all thoroughly dry, was cut in the 1950s and has been stored well since then, unbelieveable how hard it is.

Now.. i need a planer to work all this stuff! Anyone interested in a few of the big pieces of cherry?

Here’s the haul:

(Note the random 12 footer on top of the cherry pile, not quite sure what it is yet… has a grain like cherry, but isnt coloured like it, and it has flecks in it like beech. Very very dense and hard.. Need to take a plane to it and get some close-ups of the grain to post.

Took a hand plane to one of the cherry boards to expose the grain to see how it looks. The photo doesnt do it justice, it is dark orange.

I suppose now i’ve got to build the wife that bedroom set out of cherry that she has been pushing for…

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 01:27 PM

Great score! Looks like some really nice stuff.
Congrats.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 01:41 PM

If we were a little closer, I would offer to swap the use of my planer for a few of the boards, but the price of
gas eliminates any idea of too much traveling. Looks like you have quite a bit of good wood for a few projects.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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404 - Not Found

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 02:35 PM

Didn’t you do well. Could that mystery board be alder?

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 02:36 PM

It’s now official, YOU SUCK! :) and I’m jealous. LOL

-- Art

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 02:43 PM

sweet haul. You better build something nice!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 02:50 PM

Pretty wood can only mean beautiful projects.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 03:07 PM

Lucky Dawg : ) That Cherry looks so nice !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Willeh

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 06:47 PM

Thanks! Going to plane down a few boards and square them up by hand this week to see how the rest of the stuff looks (Im curious about how good the maple will be.)

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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Raymond Thomas

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 07:24 PM

You are one lucky LJ but you need to learn to gloat properly.

First is pre-gloat – brag about the find.
Second is GLOAT – really loudly (just a teaser pic).
Third is post-gloat – lots of pictures.

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 07:32 PM

This isn’t a gloat…. it’s a confession to HIGHWAY ROBBERY.

Please do the right thing and turn yourself in to the authorities.

P.S. Leave the lumber where your LJ friends can find it while you’re doing time. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Willeh

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 07:55 PM

CharlieM1958: I did actually feel bad about only paying $100, tho, he did say that he had one person come to check it out that offered in $50 take it or leave it. He told the guy to walk… could you imagine missing out on that for the sake of $50??

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 08:00 PM

Wow…. that guy who walked away must have swum ashore from the shallow end of the gene pool.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Willeh

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#13 posted 10-09-2012 12:33 AM

LOL, i’d say you’re on the mark with that

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#14 posted 10-13-2012 04:22 PM

That was a great find! I always feel bad too, but in those situations, you’re really “helping” someone. Sounds crazy, but I had a similar experience. It wasn’t nearly as good as this find, but there was about 30 BF of rosewood and some cocobolo and quite a bit of 8/4 cherry. The guy’s friend had passed, and he was helping the man’s wife sell stuff. He asked for $175. I told him it was worth way more and offered to pay more and the guy said that the lady just wanted closure, she didn’t care about the money.

So, it really is a win/win.

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#15 posted 10-13-2012 04:30 PM

A good find with a super price.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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