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11-16-2012 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: spanish cedar hauling mini cooper qswo

I do. At least according to the guys at Brazos Hardwoods, my stop on the way home from work today.

Actually, they didn’t say I needed a truck, but they did say, through giggles and grins, that my car was the “worst wood hauler in the world.”

Equal parts embarrassed and proud, conflicted as I was, I announced, “Yeah, but I bet it’s something you’ve never seen before!”

After all, who else have you seen get 32 BF of 8/4, 10 ft. stock in a Mini Cooper?

And still room enough for me and my two girls!

Two of the boards are 18 BF of rough sawn QSWO for a reading table I promised my wife for Christmas. It will be my own design, G&G influenced.

The other board is 14 BF of S4S Spanish Cedar for a humidor I’ve started. No, it’s not THAT big. But I figured, what the heck…I might want to use it for a guitar or something later. Absolutely LOVE that smell!

I picked this wood up at about $5.50/BF for the QSWO and $6/BF for the Spanish Cedar. I wonder, LJs, what’s the going rate for this wood at your favorite supplier?

And yes, I dearly miss my big 3/4 ton diesel truck. Darn financial responsibility…darn it to hell!

EDIT: The picture with the girls is staged. Don’t freak out!

-- jay,

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 04:39 AM

Hate to sound like butt here but can you imagine what would happen if something got hooked on to one of them boards while driving. A semi hugging the white line, you having to move out of the way cause someone is talking on the phone or texting….. Something to think about, not you driving it is all these other jerk offs who find it more important to text and drive than to pay attention….

I guess why it concerned me is because I did something like this once and before I got home I had a close call you know the one that brings the sweats and your heart is about to explode and you thank God nothing happened….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 06:15 AM

Hahaha, well done! Though I have to ask, is that your SUV parked next to the Cooper?

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 06:51 AM

after the suv fall
(with a great metal rack on it)

i made this top carrier
for my ford escort

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 08:23 AM

My experience at Brazos Hardwoods was a little different. I had a P/U, but only a 6.5 ft. Bed. I needed 16’ 4/4 RO. I built a frame that went over the cab and hooked to the inside bed of the truck. I used a rubber mat between the frame and the cab and strapped everything down in every direction, afraid of what the wind would do on Hwy 360 if it caught the load just right. The guys who brought the lumber around and a few customers must have been impressed because they asked about it in a forthright manner, rather than the usual arched eyebrow look and the loaded question “you actually gonna haul with that?”. Even with all my planning and my wife riding shotgun, I was still nervous as all get out until the load was in my driveway. Every little noise on the drive home was an immediate analysis of what the load might have done. As usual, my severe over planning, sleepless nights, and overbuilding resulted in a successful trip to Brazos. After my experience with building my Pergola and hauling 16’ lumber with a Ford Ranger, I no longer accept the usual guy status of I can haul anything. I actually have to think about it and ask myself several questions before I attempt anything greater than ordinary. I am glad you made it home. In DFW, you fit right in with the all of the P/U contractors that haul anything and everything with whatever was in the driveway which started that morning!

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 09:23 AM

This is not an answer about the price of the timber but I would echo the concerns of Gshepard. If someone was to catch that timber from the front.either an other vehicle or street furniture the action would cause that heavy timber to act like a scyth and cause anyone inside great harm.

I don’t want to sound like a goody goody but the precious cargo (your giirls) would not fare to well. I know you’ll have considerd this but apart from anything else the cops would pull you over and present you with a ticket, at least they would here in the UK. At best an added expense to your purchase.

It reminds me of when I was a kid, my dad bought a hardwood door from a supplier about 25 miles away, he forgot to bring rope to lash it to the roof rack and “secured” it on with electrical tape. We lived in the SW of Scotland at the time where the winds can get pretty fierce. On the way home, a gust caught the door, tore it from the rack and sent it onto the higway behind us. How it never skwered the car behind us I’ll never know. The car behind didn’t have time to react and just drove over it. Thankfully for my dad he was an understanding guy and nothing more came of it. Never seen my old dad in such a panic before. I would have hated to have seen him if it actually hit something or someone.

Ironically The car behind was a mini, but nothing as advanced as the one you are driving, one of the early ones I believe?

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 01:08 PM

That reminds me of one of my first contracting jobs back in 85. My truck had gotten ripped off earlier in the year and I was using a 71 Ford LTD. I remember picking up a bunch of 2×4s and 2×6s and had them sticking out the rear windows and lashed in the trunk. I bet more than one person got a good chuckle out of that.

Fortunately I made enough on the job to buy another truck, though not as nice.

Those prices seem reasonable enough, especially with that small amount. That stuff doesn’t grow on trees you know!


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#7 posted 11-16-2012 01:20 PM

I just paid $5.74/bf for 8/4 hard maple at the cleverly-named Albuquerque Hardwoods in Albuquerque. They’re the only game in town, so they’re high. They’re also one of those places that doesn’t have a price list – it’s “whatever the market demands”. Their 4/4 QSWO is $7+. Last time I bought 8/4 poplar, it was $2.60.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 01:23 PM

well heres my junker ( rickety boom ) i call it…14 ft rack a/c dont work nor the heater…drive it every day..


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#9 posted 11-16-2012 01:47 PM

Risking the chance of being branded for life…...don’t think I would brag about this. Too much of a safety concern for all concerned.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 11-16-2012 01:52 PM

Thule rack and a couple of ratcheting straps. Was it Take your Daughter to Work day?

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#11 posted 11-16-2012 01:55 PM

I have a picture eon my iPhone of the price list at my local place. While you can get 4/4 through 12/4, they only list the 4/4 prices on the chart. 4/4 QSWO is running $6.50/BF there, hard maple 4/4 is $4.70/BF. Poplar is around $2.70. They’ve always seemed a bit higher than some other places, btu when choices are limited, you pay what ya gotta pay. I usually only buy 20BF or so at a time.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 11-16-2012 02:05 PM

Knock knock, Jay, CPS would like to have a word with you :)

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 11-16-2012 02:07 PM


I guess I should have given some background info first, but that would have spoiled the literary effect. I do appreciate your concern, however, especially for my little girls…

1.) I live about 5 miles from Brazos Hardwoods north in Grapevine. Hwy. 360 isn’t at all busy at 3:30 pm going that direction. And I did take some detours to make sure I was safe.

2.) I pick up my girls 3 BLOCKS from home in my own neighborhood. We drove at walking speed coming home, enjoying a good laugh…and, no, they were not riding on the dashboard. So, the picture is staged.

3.) I drive the Mini Cooper on most days, but yes, the Honda Pilot is also ours. But my stop by Brazos was more impulse….and they close at 5PM…and I didn’t know my wife would be home…she usually isn’t. Even so, I hate hauling wood in the Pilot…the rear opens as a hatch and there’s no way to really secure both the door and the lumber. The rack on top is terrible, not providing any tiedowns or thin rails to connect bungie cords. I’ve lost woods both out of the back AND from the top of the Honda before…that’s more dangerous. At least with the Mini it’s going nowhere…and you aren’t distracted by losing the wood when driving.

4.) The wood doesn’t stick out that far…and I didn’t plan on playing “joust” with anybody. But it would take a head-on collision to really do anything bad there…and at that point I’m dead anyway. That’s my opinion anyway. :)

I’ve been hit IN MY OWN CAR on the highway by lumber improperly tied-down in trucks and flatbeds of people driving in front of me. There is ALWAYS a safety concern in that regard, especially with LONG boards. I wouldn’t make assumptions that people are more safe just because its a truck or SUV. There is zero chance that wood is flying out the Mini…and it’s not going to snag on anything…it just doesn’t stick out THAT far.

But, sorry for freaking everybody out!

-- jay,

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#14 posted 11-16-2012 05:53 PM

Jay, don’t beat yourself up to bad, we all do crazy things once in a while and I am not short lived in that department. My girls used to bug me to death all the time to ride with me on the forklift and I say no everytime. ;-) Once we were at the shop I was getting some of the good stuff from the top which was kinda loose and a few boards came down and one of them went through the cage and the end smacked up right beside me, the girls were there and now they fully understood why I do not let them ride. In my world lately if there is a .001% of it going bad it will. Do I see some Mallet wood there???

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#15 posted 11-16-2012 06:03 PM

a 92 F-250 is my wood getter and bringer homer of new and used equipment.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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