|Forum topic by jusfine||posted 640 days ago||794 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
640 days ago
We don’t have Black Friday sales (officially) in Canada, but as I stopped in at the wholesale lumber supplier Friday afternoon to price out some 8/4 material for an upcoming bench build, the best price ever on hardwood just about hit me between the eyes…
I priced out Maple and Cherry, as that was my intended species for a new Roubo style bench to build this winter. While chatting with the forklift operator in the warehouse, I glanced over at the lifts of hardwoods stacked 25’ high and noticed a tan colored hardwood that I had not seen there before.
Was told it was German Beech, but since it was between some lifts and near the bottom of 6 other lifts, it was really hard to see except for end grain, but I did notice the material seemed to be planed (not rough sawn) and cut so cleanly it almost looked like it was surfaced on all 4 sides.
The operator told me they brought it in some time ago for a customer, he ended up taking only a few pieces and it had sat in the warehouse for quite some time.
I went to the front desk and just about laughed out loud when they told me if I took the whole lift I could get it for $2.50 a board foot. The cherry was priced over $4.00 per board foot and hard maple was $3.11 for 8/4 stock.
Bought it, hooked up the trailer and picked it up today – unloaded it in the barn tonight – couldn’t be happier.
All 8/4 pieces are surfaced to 1 15/16”, consistant in width, between 5 1/2” and 7 1/4”, flat and square as can be, clear (found 7 minor knots in 108 pieces), and very straight. Only a few have a chip or edge damaged or the ends cracked a bit.
I really don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t have purchased it before, but I am grateful they did not.
On the trailer before unloading in the barn.
Cannot wait to get started on the bench now! May need a bit of contrasting color to show it off…
The only thing is, what do I do with the rest of it?
Thanks for looking!
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