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02-28-2013 09:46 PM

Well I did! My ex sister-in-law called a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in building a pie safe for her mother. I gladly accepted the task for the cost of materials and a couple jars of spirits produced close to her house. Her father was a logger and had an old shipping container behind his shop where he threw ‘scraps and stuff’. I decided to look through the scraps and see if there was anything I wanted to use for the pie safe. I drove up this morning and this is only a part of whats there.

I know most of the upright stuff is cedar. I think the 3 on the left are cedar, but the color os really different from the rest of the heart wood. The stuff on the ground I’m guessing is chestnut. It has a butternut type grain and is very dense. I haven”t figured the actual density yet, but it’s dry and heavier than any walnut, butternut, or oak. Probably closer to purpleheart, wenge or goncalo.

There is quite a bit more cedar, a few pieces of chestnut, and a big stack of misc stuff milled to 1/2” X 4” in various lengths. As soon as I figure out where to store it all, I’ll make another trip. Well worth the tank of gas and road trip!

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 10:02 PM

The boards on the ground look great (except for the few with a ton of sapwood). They should be really beautiful when you get them planed and finished.

The problem I always run into when I get these great finds of really nice wood is that it falls just short of what I need for a project and there is no way to provide a match from another source. Hopefully you have enough with what is in the picture or in the remainder of “what’s there”.

Terrific find! Have fun with your new project. I’ll bet you are really anxious to get started now that you have this wood with a family legacy.

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 10:30 PM

nice haul ! My ex -sister- in- law also gave me wood : )

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#3 posted 03-01-2013 04:14 AM

Shame on you Dusty! LMOA

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#4 posted 03-01-2013 07:51 AM

IF it is also aromatic cedar which it’s hard to tell with the coloring, it’s going to have a distinct smell to it, a small cut or shaving will reveal the aroma. Should be more than enough for a pie safe, unless it’s like 12 feet long.

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 12:25 AM

Well, after many afternoons of planing, It’s finally surfaced. I’m going with walnut from the color, grain and density. I’ll tackle the cedar next week, need to get the case construction underway this weekend.

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