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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 11-23-2012 07:27 PM 1291 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2012 07:27 PM

I did my duty today and made a Black Friday purchase. I bought about 90 bf of 4/4 cherry from a gentleman
who harvests the trees on his property in Barre, MA. He mills it on his bandsaw mill and air dries it for a year inside his barns.

I have been buying various native species of lumber here for several years. I usually let the wood dry for one additional year in the hay loft of our barn. I paid a very fair price of $3/bf for the cherry. Out of curiosity, I also got a few pieces of Hickory.

I was expecting the usual Black Friday rush on rough-cut lumber. But this year was well beyond my expectations:

Needless to say, I had to elbow and shove my way through the throng of mostly weaker and meeker woodworkers to score my prize – but it was worth it. I can already feel the Holiday Spirit coursing through my veins!

Actually, it was as far from the real Black Friday experience as possible. My wife and young sons came with me and we had a very enjoyable family outing.

Here is the cherry:

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 11-23-2012 08:03 PM

Always nice to hear those stories of Grandma going down in a Black Friday rush.
Nice wood….....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 11-23-2012 08:23 PM

I’m looking for some cherry now, but everyone I call is passed out from yesterday.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 11-23-2012 08:48 PM


We still have two slices of cherry pie left over from yesterday. If you hurry over, I might be able to help you out.

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#4 posted 11-23-2012 09:22 PM

Nice looking material .

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-23-2012 10:55 PM

3 bucks a b/f for cherry…...does you consience bother you at night?
Good looking stuff. Nice score.

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 11-23-2012 11:04 PM


The funny thing is that I’ve paid him $4 several times over the past few years. Today I said, “Is it still $4?” and he said, “No, it’s $3.”

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#7 posted 11-23-2012 11:25 PM

Wood Friday is way better than Black Friday. Got any plans for your haul?

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

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#8 posted 11-23-2012 11:42 PM


It sure is – how about Black Walnut Friday?

I’m fortunate to have a large hay loft in a barn to store my lumber. I like to keep enough of various species on hand so that it will have an additional year to dry at home. When it comes time to pick out my lumber for a new project, I just walk up the stairs.

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#9 posted 11-24-2012 12:38 AM

what a great haul! I bet you were smiling all the way home!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 11-24-2012 12:50 AM

You’ve done the best. I like the sounds of “wood-friday”, instead o black friday

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 11-24-2012 12:52 AM

Wow, that looks like amazingly nice lumber for $3/bd ft

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#12 posted 11-24-2012 12:59 AM

That $3/bd ft is a mighty nice price for 4/4 cherry. Granted you have to joint it and plane it yourself, but that’s half the fun that comes with the price! I think it should be Wood Friday, or even Black Walnut Friday every Friday!

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#14 posted 11-24-2012 06:24 AM

Very nice. glad you made a family trip of it. The best to you and your family

-- Harold

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#15 posted 11-24-2012 01:24 PM

Wood friday has a nice ring to it !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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