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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 1236 days ago 876 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Local lumber/ply store has hard maple on sale for $ 0.99 per board foot.
I got a 6’ length for a project, but this seems like a smoking good deal and I am thinking of stocking up.
Opinions???

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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jmichaeldesign

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#1 posted 1236 days ago

At that price I would honestly buy 300-1000 bf. Basically as much money as I could scrape up. I’m at the very early stages of starting up a business, that stuff would pay off great for a while.

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lashing

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#2 posted 1236 days ago

Thats insane. I pay $8 a BF Of course that is for the best, tight grained clear and dry hard maple.

For .99 I would wonder whats wrong with it. If nothing than buy what you need for the next year.

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grizzman

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#3 posted 1236 days ago

if it is good maple…i would also get as much as you could…we dont grow hard maple here in the south…so when i see someone else have the chance…and a price like that…i would hope the next time we hear from you , it will be from pictures with you on top of the pile…lol…go for it

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Ryan

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#4 posted 1236 days ago

It’s very good price and should not pass deal. Just stock it up, you’ll be happy.
I had a good deal for walnut this summer, $1/bf, bought 500 bf and now very very happy for the decision.

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Rob Drown

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#5 posted 1236 days ago

It is normally $4-6/bf here. How wide and thick is it? Sounds like a smoking deal. Where is it?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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dfdye

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#6 posted 1236 days ago

Just a few questions:

1) How much money is in your bank account?
2) What is your credit limit?
3) Can you move your dining room table to get more storage capacity?

Seriously, that is as good of a deal as I have ever seen on hard maple. I would buy as much as you can afford to store. Even if you can’t use it all, I am almost certain you can turn around and sell it to your woodworking friends for $1.50/BF and they would thank you profusely for giving them such an amazing deal!

At this price, I would invent projects for that lumber. Do you need a new workbench top? New kitchen cabinets? New shop cabinets? How about stock for drawer sides? At this price, it is cheaper than what I pay for poplar directly from the guy who saws it! It won’t get any cheaper than this for any hardwood that you don’t have to dry yourself, so as long as you understand how to work that hard of a wood, I would stock up and use it for every project from now until they dragged me out of my shop and put me in a nursing home!

(PS I am in my early 30’s, so for me, that will hopefully be a good, long time!!!)

-- David from Indiana --

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1236 days ago

Thanks guys you are all hilarious. We all suffer from Mad Wood Disease
I bought a bunch more today and might think of it again for my day off tomorrow
They are straight and not warped, but there are a fair # of knot holes.
The boards are 3/4’thick and 5”wide with lengths vary around 9’ to 12’. I picked through to find the best grain and least defects, but if I could move it and had room to store it I would buy a ton more.
I can only move 6 to 7’ lengths by stealing my wife’s SUV so I had them cut at 6’1/2” and have some shorter lengths for boxes etc.
Hmm bench top is a sweet idea, just about that exact length too :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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dfdye

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#8 posted 1236 days ago

For an edge-grain bench top, the knots in the boards would not be a problem if you laminate them and make sure the knots are in the middle (or even at the bottom) of the boards in the glue-up. I’m just sayin’. . .

I know that you say you can’t move more than 6 1/2’ lengths, but I would try for an 8’ bench length if you do in fact decide to build a top from this wood. Still, for 3/4” thickness, that is a BUNCH of lamination, so it may take some doing to actually get a top together.

Whatever you decide, congratulations again on such a great find!

-- David from Indiana --

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 1235 days ago

Thanks for the comments Dave and the tips wrt knots. I was wrong on dimensions, they are all 1” thick…3/4” is what I needed for the project I was starting when I bumped into this wood.
I was out measuring for bench size relative to available space and made a wall mounted wood rack by bending out some old ladder jacks.
I have picked out about 50 bf already with most at 7’ length. I really want to get some more for a bench. Don’t know if I can sneak her SUV tomorrow…my 9 yr old is in on the secrecy, he likely will spill the beans at dinner and she seems to have eyes and ears in the back of her head.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Pete_Jud

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#10 posted 1235 days ago

I am about 3.5 hours south, but bringing wood back into the US might be a problem. I don’t know how many board feet I could fit on my trailer that is rated at 8000 lbs, but other than the cross boarder issues, would be up in the morning.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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twokidsnosleep

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#11 posted 1234 days ago

If it is stil there I may get another 50bf and do a workbench later.
I do think the cross border thing pains, travel time and expense would blow away any $ savings
Sorry my internet is down at home, slow on response

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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twokidsnosleep

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#12 posted 1195 days ago

I hope I got enough maple last month.
I have two projects in mind for my daughter to use it on.
So far I screwed up resawing thickness on the bandsaw and have had to use two boards I did not want to..
Darn I hate when I do that

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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