Over priced lumber that you have no use for...but couldnt pass up?

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128 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: walnut

I made some pens out of some old lumber my grandfather had laying in the garage and am planning on sending it to my uncle. I thought I would just stop by Rocket and buy a cheap little plastic sleeve to toss it in before throwing in the mail.

Like many of you here, I suffer from an abnormal love of lumber, so thought I would just walk by their lumber section to look. I buy nearly all of my wood from local sawyers…usually a bit cheaper and I like working w/ local lumber and helping local guys out. Anyways…I probably have a couple hundred board feet of walnut waiting to be used, but I saw this piece and just couldnt leave it there:

A gorgeous piece about 8” wide by 6’ long, all kinds of weird grain lines and some great figure (hard to see in the picture though). $40 later ($10/bd ft) I had this piece of lumber that I have no use for it, but just HAD to have it.

Anyone else have a chunk of wood acquired in a similar fashion in their shop?

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#1 posted 128 days ago

Looks good to me ! As a reminder, some people collect Ping-Pong balls. ;o)

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#2 posted 128 days ago

I don’t have any of those pieces yet but I almost came home with my first one yesterday. It was a piece of cherry with all sorts of bark inclusions and it was like nothing ive seen before. I can understand where youre coming from by hoarding that piece of walnut you’ve shown. If nothing else, wet it down with MS once in a while and just look at it and watch it dry. FWIW, that piece would have come home with me too.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 128 days ago

Yep. I buy all my lumber from a place that pre surfaces. So it isn’t “cheap” like a sawyer. But i saw this gorgeous piece of curly purpleheart i couldn’t leave. $40 later. It’s been sitting for over a year, not sure what to use it for.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#4 posted 128 days ago

I bought a big plank of teak at a garage sale for $6. So, it was a good deal, but I have yet to do anything with it

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 128 days ago

I bought a perfectly quarter sawn piece of 5/4 leopard wood a while back that I still have no use for, but it was just so cool looking I couldn’t pass it up!

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

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#6 posted 128 days ago

woodenoyster, you could probably sell it on ebay for some serious cash

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#7 posted 128 days ago

I bought some E-Temo (spelling) veneer… with no idea what to use it for.
I showed it to my wife and she did not like it. It’s got amazing figure, and looks beautiful.

All of it is still sitting under a table top in a press to keep it flat.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 128 days ago

If the board is still sitting around after a while with no plans for it, you could always make a simple box with it. Everyone loves boxes, and one with continuous grain on the sides would really show this board off.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#9 posted 128 days ago

Come on folks, I was hoping to see some pictures of your wood splurges (that sounds bad, doesn’t it?). Maybe I have this wood obsession worse than most if I take pictures of my newly acquired lumber!

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#10 posted 128 days ago

Marcus , some of these guys won’t admit it but it would take them way to much time to figure out what pieces to take pictures of to show you. I don’t have anything near as nice as that board of yours but I am always picking up wood that I find and have no idea what or when I am going to use it for.

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#11 posted 128 days ago

Ten bucks a board foot ain’t nothing.

For some reason I can’t explain, I paid $10 for enough amboyna burl to do one single pen.
Now I don’t want to use it because it was so expensive.
And pretty.


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#12 posted 128 days ago

Yeah , it starts slow then next thing you know you got 40,000 bd ft of lumber

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#13 posted 128 days ago

There’s nothing wrong with “investing” in wood. A friend of mine, who’s the owner of a cabinet and countertop company, loves nothing more than buying enormous quantities of hardwood at auctions. None of the wood goes into the cabinets because particleboard is the main component of their CNC products. And so it just sits for years until he needs a quick $10,000 and sells some on Craigslist. His profit margin is always over 200%.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 128 days ago

I’ll post some pictures later on when I get home.

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

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#15 posted 128 days ago

I have 4 more sessions to go until I complete my lumber purchasing addiction groups.

Might I add this is my second attempt

-- Norman

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