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Craftsman on the lake

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02-26-2013 06:12 PM

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Rockler had a sale on Cherry. I called and they were all out. They agreed to call me when the next thousand bd/ft order came in. Yesterday they called and I drove right down, about 35 miles. Only two guys had beat me to it and they were there picking it over. It’s pretty nice stuff. $3.49 bd/ft. That is good for around here (Maine). $6.50 is about as low as you can usually get it from my wood supplier in NH. I picked out 110 bd/ft and have plans for about 60 of it at present. It will be my first time working with cherry. I’ve done oak, and maple and some soft woods and the last platform bed build I loved working with the black walnut. I’m told that cherry is a pleasure to work with. I look forward to it.

Here it is stacked in my shop attic, a little maple on the side too. The boards are all about 8 ft long.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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Marcus

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 06:23 PM

The $3.49 cherry at the Rockler’s here was truly awful. Pretty twisted and more sap wood than not. Glad to see the good stuff ended up soemwhere!

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 06:25 PM

That’s a nice haul. Too bad those other guys were there.
I like cherry, its a finer grain than walnut and makes more dust than oak, but the wood is impressively hard and fairly easy to finish.
One word of advice, use a sanding sealer on it. Shellac works well, doesn’t color the wood perceptibly, or at least more than any oils would. Cherry blotches even with oils, so a layer of Charles Neil pre color conditioner is a must if you plan to stain. I use shellac sanding sealer if I’m only going to seal the wood and leave the natural tone intact, if I stain I use Charles Neil PCC. Some say both work equally as well, but I beg to differ. I’ve used samples to treat both pieces of wood with shellac and CN, the shellac still blotched the color a bit, the CN didn’t blotch at all. This may have been due to my application of the shellac, which is a wipe on product which dries so fast you can’t really tell if you got uniform coverage, whereas CN goes on very wet and is east to spot places you missed.

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

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ajosephg

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 06:30 PM

That is a super price.

I also scored a good hit for 50 bf last week in a nearby town for $4.00/bf (FAS). It was all straight and had virtually no sap wood. Normal price for that quality is usually around $5.50 around here. He still has a lot left so he will be my first call next time.

-- Joe

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Marcus

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 06:40 PM

I have a guy who sells rough sawn FAS for $4/bd ft. Some of the nicest stuff i’ve seen, but tough on the ol’ planer. I picked up a couple of the nicer chunks of cherry at FAS because its nice to have just a couple chunks of lumber around that are all but ready to use.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 08:07 PM

really nice dan, looks good and flat and will make something really nice, but you didn’t mention what you have in store for some of it…was that on purpose…:)....or just an oversight…..i got a whole cherry tree last summer…ive got some really nice wood out of it, its a wild cherry, and seems to have some really interesting figure…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 08:11 PM

Thanks for the advice. I like the look of the gel stain that this LJ used on a chest. It’s available at woodcraft and rockler so I’ll try it on a sample piece first then think I’ll use it.

I have planned is a 5 ft and a 2 ft bench for the bedroom. it will have raised panel sides with a pad on the top. So the wife and I can sit to put on our sox and still have it like a chest for storage. Storage at our place is a premium so I’ve got to plan all I can.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Ripthorn

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 08:42 PM

Our local guy specializes in cherry, so it’s pretty cheap, $4-5 bd/ft.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Karson

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 09:02 PM

great buy. Have fun with it I’ve got a couple of 19” X 10’ planks and some 16” X 10’. Not sure what I’m going to do with them. I’ve had them for 6 years now. A trade for making a pulpit with a guy who owned a sawmill.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 09:12 PM

Congrats. I’m jealous, it goes for $6.50 BF here also.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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crank49

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#10 posted 02-26-2013 09:28 PM

I got 535 BF last spring for $500.
Most of it is 8/4 thick, 11ft 11in long and width is 4” to 12”.
Well, it was actually two huge logs and the guy with the mill cut it the way I wanted it.
Should I have posted a gloat about that?

Dan, I think you will be very happy with the way cherry works, also how it makes the shop smell while you are working.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 02-26-2013 09:31 PM

Definitely a gloat Crank49 About a buck a bd/ft. Definitely a gloat. You must have it drying.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 02-26-2013 09:35 PM

I got 70 BF for 100$ a couple months ago from a flooring company a couple blocks away from the house. Nice straight no1 stuff too. I like to call around to people who likely have wood they can unload. They never seem to advertise it. Cherry is simply too high to buy from stores that sell it and besides they can never get rid of the junk boards so you have to sort through everything to find a few good boards….if you’re lucky.

I wish my sawyer had some cherry, he sells it for 3$ BF when he has some.

I’m trying to get him to mill me a maple tree at the moment.

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

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crank49

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#13 posted 02-26-2013 09:54 PM

Yes, it’s stacked and drying.
Actually a strange story how that deal came about.
There is a guy here in the county who normally only saws poplar lumber for the public.
A customer had a load of poplar sawed for a barn he was building.
Then, for whatever reason he could not pay his sawing bill.
He bartered the cherry logs to pay his sawing bill.
The amount I paid for the cherry what was owed for sawing the poplar.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Craftsman on the lake

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#14 posted 02-26-2013 10:26 PM

Tha’s cool Crank. you were in the right place at the right time.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Don W

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#15 posted 02-26-2013 11:11 PM

Cherry burns easy so keep everything sharp and cut slow. Hand tools do well. I love nature finished cherry. I love working with it.

oil finished cherry on hand tools picks up the nicest patina. You’ll love the stuff.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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