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JAAune

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02-12-2015 04:57 AM

I’ll soon be working on a set of sculptures carved from glued up blocks of wood (think Wendell Castle). Projects of this nature are always easier with air-dried wood so I’d like to buy some in 8/4 or thicker boards if possible.

I’m still working out the cutlist so exact quantity is unknown but roughly 30-40 board feet would probably do it.

My local source has 4/4 air-dried stock and the commercial supplier sells kiln-dried in 8/4 so I don’t need a source of any of those.

I’m located in the Kankakee, Illinois area and would be willing to drive around 120 miles round trip to pick up if necessary.

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ChipByrd

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 06:13 PM

I had a really good experience with this company, and great prices, too:

http://www.hickoryandoak.com

For the record, not affiliated in any way.

Chip

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 06:52 PM

I’ve got some cut near North Liberty, IN about 25 years ago, but i’m down to my last 8/4 board—10” wide and about 10’ long. Not enough to make it worth the drive. And—it’s my last 8/4 of that batch (which means i’ll probably never use it since i would be out!!)

earl

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JAAune

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 01:58 AM

The company in the link posted in the first reply is a little far away and looks like they’ve got kiln-dried and not the air-dried. Thanks for the information though. Never hurts to know more sources.

@ GreenAcres2

Correct. That wouldn’t be enough to complete my project so not worth the trip. Enjoy that last board.

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 02:04 PM

I was almost relieved to see only one—all i could remember before looking was that i’d put the 8/4 at the bottom of the stack—about 3 feet down!! I could use the exercise but…not that much!!

Good luck.
earl

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 05:03 PM

Hope to see your work when its done. I’m a Wendel Castle fan. Good luck on your search. I would think you would have some luck in Indiana or in Southern Illinois where the forests are located?

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JAAune

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#6 posted 02-15-2015 03:40 AM

Looks like I might end up just getting the local 4/4. I’m sure there are plenty of sources but I doubt I’ll locate them within the next week and the project has to start this coming week.

I can post pictures but I’m not doing the build myself. I enjoy building stuff with more intricate joinery rather than the free-form carving so I’m passing this job over to my business partner. They’re his favorite type of work.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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#7 posted 02-15-2015 04:06 AM

You can post it giving your associate the credit? best of luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 02-15-2015 05:58 AM

Wood Trader, a group on face book is a good source for any type of wood, mostly miller for bowl and blank turners but most of them have any size you need.

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#9 posted 02-15-2015 03:34 PM

I have several cherry boards 3” thick 14-20” wide, 8’ long. Natural edge and rough cut (band saw).

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#10 posted 02-15-2015 03:35 PM

Sorry, looked at the map and you are about 500 miles away from me.

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#11 posted 02-15-2015 03:35 PM

Sorry, looked at the map and you are about 500 miles away from me.

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 04:03 PM

Try Ron Meyers.
Meyers woodworking

He has a lot of air dried material, but I don’t know about Cherry.
He’s located in West Chicago.

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#13 posted 02-15-2015 11:46 PM

You might try woodfinder.

http://www.woodfinder.com/

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JAAune

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#14 posted 03-07-2015 02:15 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. As it turns out, the local guy actually had 6/4 which I didn’t expect. That was thick enough to work with. I may look into some of the other sources at some point in the future.

I don’t have pictures on hand at the moment but will remember to get some.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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