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02-06-2014 07:09 PM

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I am a newbie and Im looking to find hardwoods for my budget I have been going to woodcraft.com

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~


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#1 posted 02-06-2014 07:11 PM

In my area, if you search on “lumber” on craigslist you can find individuals selling smaller quantities, but you also find local sawmills selling all kinds of lumber. Through CL, I found three sawmills within 50 miles that sell 25-30 varieties of hardwood at very inexpensive prices. I get cherry, for instance, for $2.35 bf, cedar for $1.75.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 07:38 PM

When I first started doing woodworking I remember freaking out at the ridiculous price of hardwood. But once I discovered kjiji (Canadian equivalent of Craig’s list) things got a lot better. I pay about $2.50 bf for local hardwoods.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 06:19 PM

Thanks for the info I’ll try cl but found a cabinet maker that sold me some maple hickory white oak pecan and mahogany for around 2 bucks a bf and walnut and cherry @ around 4 bucks which I don’t think that’s to bad

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 06:20 PM

Thanks for the info I’ll try cl but found a cabinet maker that sold me some maple hickory white oak and pecan mahogany for around 2 bucks a bf and walnut and cherry @ around 4 bucks which I don’t think that’s to bad

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 06:32 PM

Sounds like a good solution. I’m assuming prices vary by region, but looks like you scored. I get cherry cheaper, but that’s what I pay for walnut. What is “pecan mahogany”?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 06:33 PM

Depends on your equipment. Do you have the equipment to surface rough lumber?

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 06:49 PM

I ment to say pecan and African mahogany along with the others that I said I got for around $2 pbf
@ bob I have a table saw compound saw and a planer and a few sanders

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 07:11 PM

Old used Stanley fore and jointer planes can really come in handy with that collection of tools.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 07:38 PM

I’m on the look out for anything to make life and my work easier

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 08:33 PM

Wayland, where in Arkansas are you? Sunset hardwoods has a great selection and are definitely cheaper than woodcraft. They’re in Little Rock.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 09:58 PM

Bout a couple of hrs away in russellville

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 10:56 PM

At the prices you quoted, Paddle_Tail, I would go for the sawmill cherry and walnut. I would never go to woodcraft for lumber unless it was a specialty piece.

You can get a lot of “free” wood after storms if you’re willing to get it to the sawyer. I have taken down a big cherry from my property and bartered for three big sycamore logs from a windfallen tree. By taking it to the sawyer, I direct him on quarter sawing it and take all the scrap for stickers when I stack it to dry. I have two pickup loads of cherry in a barn drying now, and only have about $1 a BF in it, plus my time and diesel fuel to haul it to the sawmill.

The second photo is how I have the logs QS for maximum yield. Rotate the photo 90 degrees to where it’s a “portrait” instead of a “landscape.” Sorry about that. Begin with the three horizontal cuts. Then take the two “half moons” and put them face to face, cutting three more boards from the middle. What’s left can be cut into 3×3’s for table legs. I’ve had two different sawyers take this idea and go with it. It results in some great wood.

The board I’m holding is the biggest of my QS cherry. I will rip out the pith, but I’ll still have two 5/4×12-inch QS boards. The boards on either side of this one have no pith, so they’ll be nearly full log diameter in width. BTW, the four timbers you have left to cut for table legs will be rift sawn and have straight grain on all four sides. I learned this technique on line and would never flat saw good wood again.

I cut everything to 5/4. It allows me to have a full inch on tabletops and is thick enough to resaw for boxes.

-- --Dale Page

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 11:41 PM

That is great info will do thanks a lot

-- Wayland,Arkansas,~Chance Favors The Prepared Mind~

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 12:42 AM

I don’t quite get the QS cherry thing. I’ve seen some kitchen cabinets made out of it, and that was an interesting look, but I prefer the understated grain of flat sawn cherry than the too consistent for my taste straight grain of QS cherry (with no ray fleck). Just my two cents.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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