Wood gloat (and forthcoming request for identification help)

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Forum topic by ADHDan posted 10-24-2013 06:33 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 07:08 PM

Nice Haul, Would love to see some pictures maybe some of us can figure out what the mystery boards are.

I stopped out in front of a neighbors house the other day and grabbed some logs and took some of the leaves for Identification as well (Something I never do)
at the time I had no idea what they were i just knew i wanted them. a few days later I took the time to look it up and it turned out to be Black Walnut. 8D

But i’m in the same position as you, No bandsaw. hewing them with a axe and sealing up the ends to dry for now.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 07:32 PM

Nice find! Fortunately, my stash came from a retiring woodworker, so it’s all dried and neatly roughsawn. I should be able to surface the faces pretty easily with a planer sled and joint an edge with a TS or router jig. A little more time consuming than if I had a jointer, but at least I don’t have to hew and let dry – although for that much black walnut I’d be willing to go to the trouble ;-).

I’ll try to post pictures of the boards tomorrow – I REALLY want to figure out what boards are of the same species, so I can keep same-species sets together for larger projects.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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