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06-10-2013 10:42 PM

It’s probably been about a year since I found an add on CL for some walnut. It was stuff that was not good enough to sell for top price, so I got a good deal on it. I paid $400 for about a half a truck load full. When I was loading it I was a little worried. When I got home, and unloaded it, I thought “I just paid $400 for firewood”. I was a kinda disapointed, but thought I’m sure I’ll find a use for it. Well, it was all rough cut so when I had the planer out the other day, I decided to plane some of the thicker peices down to see what they looked like, and man was I suprised! Now I don’t want to use it because it’s so pretty I want to wait until I have just the right project for it! And I can’t wait to uncover the rest of the pile and see what it looks like:)

What I thought I had…

What I have:)

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 10:48 PM

sometimes crusty ol’ walnut surprises ya!

I had some rough sawn “junk” a guy sold me for next to nothing (read 1.50/bf). It had bark edge/knots, etc.

I did the same thing you did while I was working on my Arts and Crafts Stickley end table. The side panels with all of the figure came from those crusty pieces. Putting them into the planer I wasn’t optimistic, but I was all smiles watching them slide out the other side full of figure and wonderfulness.

-- Steve

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 11:12 PM

Nice score Shelly! Any time you need a reminder of how much smaller pieces of some of those fancier woods are, just stroll through your local WC or local woodworking retail store. Any time you can get a bulk deal, you will beat retail IMO.

This is why I have only worked with White Ash, Soft Maple, and up next so Ponderosa Pine. I buy as large a lot/BF as I can afford and then schedule my projects around what wood I have. I am in the habit of building larger pieces and it seems I go through roughly 50BF per project, in the long run. The only exception being my workbench, and that alone took me 130-150BF.

I want to start some smaller projects, but the Devil keeps talking me into bigger-is-better … ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 11:32 PM

I have a few of those boards. Just can’t part with them. Great score.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 11:47 PM

I’m too new to chime in with a “you suck” so I will refrain. I had a line on some walnut locally at $5 a bf, but was late to the party. He traded over 300 BF for a piece of furniture created from a portion of it by a local craftsman. It seemed like a good deal for both guys, so I try to be happy for them, but I did want some of it. My local Woodcraft store charges in excess of $14 per bf for walnut.

I suppose I’ll just be happy for you too. My turn will come. :-)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#5 posted 06-11-2013 12:04 AM

Thanks:) I haven’t bought wood for a project for a long time. If I find a good deal on wood I snag it whether I have plans for it right away or not. So most of the time if I have someone ask me to make something, I can use what I have. I HATE to pay crazy prices for wood. The prices I get my wood for(all rough cut), make it cheaper for me to do everything in solid wood rather than using plywood. I have never had the luxury of using kiln dried planed lumber, so I guess I don’t know what I’m missing;)

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#6 posted 06-11-2013 12:08 AM

Buckethead- lol I did a class at WC, and couldn’t beleive how high their lumber prices were, then I saw the prices of the big box stores…crazy! I will never buy anything but “white board” from the big box stores. When I was at WC, they had some pretty good sales going on for cherry and sapele, so I did snatch some of it up, but I will only buy it if they are having a really good sale.

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#7 posted 06-11-2013 12:37 AM

shelly_b…..I can imagine the expression on the face of the person you bought this walnut from if he or she could see the pictures above !... ;-)

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 12:44 AM

Rough lumber is like people….. don’t judge a book by its cover!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-11-2013 12:53 AM

I agree with CharlieM you never know what lies beneath. I also buy most of my lumber rough cut to save a lot of money. Works for me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 06-11-2013 01:09 AM

Very nice. Good air dried stuff with all the natural color. The kiln dried walnut looks washed out.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#11 posted 06-11-2013 09:43 AM

Hello Shelly
Looks like an excellent purchase to me.
You may possibly appreciate my blog “What fine features lie beneath the surface?” is a bit along the same lines.
A scrap of wood I just lying about turns into something quite surprising

-- Regards Robert

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#12 posted 06-11-2013 01:18 PM

Looks like some more fantastic projects comin out soon. Nice haul

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

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#13 posted 06-11-2013 07:21 PM

I completely agree with buy it whether you need it or not. Better to have the wood and have options.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 06-11-2013 08:14 PM

You are very fortunate to have found such a deal. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 06-11-2013 09:18 PM

Thanks guys:)

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