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Forum topic by 489tad posted 08-28-2014 08:53 PM 753 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-28-2014 08:53 PM

I have 12, 3/4” x 8 1/2” x 4’ bass wood. What could I use it for? I know it’s used for carving but I don’t carve. I was thinking drawer boxes but I think it’s too light and soft for that. If I decide to sell it any thoughts on what it’s worth?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 08-28-2014 09:58 PM

Trade it to a carver for something you can use.

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#2 posted 08-29-2014 12:19 AM

I used some as drawer fronts and trim. Yes its a little soft, but the color was perfect. You can use it for low wear situations. For instance, picture frames see very little physical use.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-29-2014 03:23 AM

I bought a block and tried carving once. Let’s just say that the 2 knives I bought, are now very useful for a totally different purpose!
I’m going with sras’s version of an answer.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#4 posted 08-29-2014 03:47 AM

It would be more valuable to a carver if not 3/4 thick. I never liked gluing up wood to carve but haven’t carved a lot of stuff. A lure maker would be more inclined (at least I would) to buy it if priced right. Break it down into blanks and fill a postal box and can sell it off if you find the right guys. I have made spoons with it, little boxes (especially inserts), small drawer bottoms, etc… Most of the stuff I have gets used in fishing lures.

I couldn’t even begin to price it right as I have not bought a lot of basswood. My first purchase was an ebay purchase and I bought a 6 ft 6×6 for under 30 shipped. After that I have been getting it free as the guy can’t sell it as everyone wants oak, ash, maple, etc…. so he typically just leaves it to rot or will cut it for fire pit material.

Have you ever wanted to make your own blinds?

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#5 posted 08-29-2014 12:23 PM

Thanks guys. There is a carving club in the area I can contact.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 08-29-2014 12:29 PM

I use it for sword scabbards(saya) for old katanas to rest in.

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#7 posted 08-29-2014 01:31 PM

I’d keep it around to make disposable items like sacrificial fences, one-time jigs, etc. Or thickness it with parts for a project to use as scrap for test cuts.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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