|Forum topic by Willeh||posted 10-08-2012 01:17 PM||1390 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
10-08-2012 01:17 PM
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:
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... "