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Forum topic by jmartel posted 05-04-2014 11:21 PM 3084 views 0 times favorited 90 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2014 11:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood lumber rack lumber rack grain figured veneer

So, I figured since we have a few extremely large threads in various categories (shops, benches, planes, etc) for photos/discussion that doesn’t generally need a new thread, I figured I would start one for lumber.

This is a thread dedicated to lumber racks, new wood you just picked up, deal gloats you just found on craigslist, some awesome looking boards you picked up, veneer, etc.

I’m fully expecting this to stray off topic (as all the other threads do), but the main conversation in here should be wood.

I’ll start us off:

Here’s my “Lumber rack”. It’s just a rubbermaid system not originally meant for wood that was left in the garage from the previous owners of my house.

I’ve also got a rolling sheet goods/cutoff bin underneath it. Any boards 4 feet and shorter go in this bin, and sheet goods are stored on the back side. Unfortunately the lower shelf on my rack is a bit low, so full sheets go on the ground behind the bin, as the additional height of the casters don’t allow me a full 4 feet.

And here’s my latest wood gloat off of craigslist. Got this from a guy who was moving out of his house who was a chair maker for 35 years or so. Put out some amazing stuff (showed me photos). Bought a bunch of 4/4 Claro Walnut, some 8/4 Eastern Walnut, and some 8/4 Birdseye Maple. One of the 4/4 claro walnut boards was 18” wide by 9 feet long. The 8/4 Birdseye maple was 11” wide by 7 feet long.

I need to rearrange my wood rack to accommodate these. Or at least use up some wood so I can make room. May build a new one in the future as well to hold more as I’m not 100% trusting of the current rack with more than what’s on it currently.



-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.


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#1 posted 05-05-2014 01:41 AM

Well my garage “shop” is a total wreck right now but i picked up some wood yesterday, got some pretty good looking stuff when i was out of town and was at a good price compared to sawmills around here. Here’s my lumber rack i got at woodcraft on sale.
Here’s some of the wood i got yesterday, curly cherry and curly maple, around $4 a bf, some spalted maple which looked really good but can’t really tell from the pic but was only $2.50 a bf. Forgot what the one on the left is but it was on his $1 a bf rack and thought it looked different.

These are a couple little pieces i got, guess it’s curly walnut? Don’t really know but really cool looking stuff, too bad it’s only a couple small pieces

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 01:52 AM

Good stuff

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 02:04 AM

Joe, those last 2 photos are definitely walnut. I’ve got a few pieces in the small pieces bin.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 02:17 AM

Off-cut pile

The main event

Great thread idea.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 03:58 AM

Ryan, that is a seriously curly piece of maple there in your off-cut pile.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 07:25 AM

Here’s some I cut yesterday

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 11:20 AM

This is considered a gloat
About a month or so ago, I did some “spring cleaning”. I dug out a box marked college. I sorted through the box to reminisce the old days and found all these veneer samples. I was in shock, thinking where did these come from. I remembered I attended the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair (IWF) at the Georgia World Congress Center back in 1988. I was attending college then and I must have packed the veneer samples with the text books and old memories after I graduated.
The veneer samples are from Chester B. Stem out of New Albany Indiana. Going from left to right is redwood burl, European (English) walnut, and makore. Total of 45 sample pieces that are about 8” x 10” in size.
These survived 26 years stored in a cardboard box. I envision, perhaps, making some veneer topped boxes in my future

Edit for another photo

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 02:15 PM

You can even do a quad match and make small table tops out of them as well. Would be nice to find a stash of veneer after that many years. I’ve got a large underbed storage bin full of veneer, and a 3 drawer desk organizer filled with small pieces of veneer as well. No pictures at the moment, though.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 04:42 PM

jmartel….yeah that’s a possibility….thanks for the idea….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 05-06-2014 02:42 AM

I wish I had more of that maple. I have no clue what to do with such a small piece. It demands furniture, but where? I keep thinking I could do a small set of drawers if I sliced it into veneer, but it just does not feel quite right.

So I just pick it up, look at it sketch a bit…and put it back in the pile.

Edit: My other maple is not curly, but it sure seems happy to me.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 05-07-2014 02:46 PM

I typically don’t keep miuch maple on hand. It’s not something I use on personal projects much, so I only buy as much as I need to for projects for other people. The Birdseye Maple is an exception. I threw that through the planer the other day so I can see the whole board.

I’m debating between using the 18” wide board for tabletops for the end tables I’m making. I already have some plain walnut glued up and cut to size for them, but the grain on the large board is much cooler. It would just use up a little over half of the board, which makes me pause a bit.

-- End grain is like a belly button. Yes, I know you have one. No, I don't want to see it.

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#12 posted 05-16-2014 02:05 PM


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Just some of my stock pile of raw wood, logs, chunks, tiny pretty pieces, exotics, recycled wood, and lumber.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#13 posted 05-16-2014 02:55 PM

fresh off the mill

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#14 posted 05-16-2014 03:30 PM

Well here was where I started down the slippery slope.

A friend was cleaningout his barn and needed to get rid of his hardwood supply.

I had to redo my storage to get it to fit.

Then, another friend had scored a pile of local cherry and had more than he could handle. That load was about twice what I have in these shots.

On top of that, another buddy needed to unload some walnut. I have wood stacked all over! I’ll have to get an updated pic.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 05-16-2014 04:55 PM

Some good lumber goin on above. What are you milling up there Donw Good thread jmart.

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