|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 10-24-2013 06:33 PM||877 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
10-24-2013 06:33 PM
Christmas came early this year! Yesterday I picked up god knows how many board feet of roughsawn hardwood for $120. I found a very nice older gentleman who was starting to phase out his woodworking and wanted to unload a substantial lumber collection: 25+ boards, each 8’ long x 6”-18” wide x 1”-6” thick.
The stash included maple, walnut, oak, sassafras, cherry, and some other species I haven’t identified. A few of the boards have beautiful live edges, or natural cracks/crotches. There was one slab of oak, maybe 18”x2”x8’, that has a live edge and natural cracks in each end. Once I learn to make butterfly keys, that will make a beautiful bench or bookmarked table.
Only problem is, lacking a bandsaw I’m going to be putting some serious resaw mileage on my trusty R4512. And lacking a jointer, I’m going to be sledding through my DW734 like a luge track. But small price to pay for what would have otherwise been an unattainably expernsive collection of lumber – and now I can finally move into making real, beautiful solid wood furniture. Goodbye pine and oak veneered plywood! (For the most part.)
I’ll post pictures in the next day or so, because I’m definitely going to need help identifying some of these species! My work to date has been limited to premium pine, cedar, red oak, and on occasion maple or walnut – so this variety is way beyond my knowledge bank.
In a separate transaction, I also got about 15 board feet of S4S black walnut for $40 – including one 38” x 16” x 2” slab. It’s been a very good week, to say the least :-).
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.