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Blog entry by Innovator posted 10-03-2009 12:36 AM 2821 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to Home Depot today for a few things for a Honey Do project. While I was there I was in the lumber aisle and there was a truck of wood piled up (more like thrown on) with orange paint on the ends. I asked an associate how much is each piece and he said they only sell it by the skid (some HD will sell it by the piece). Ok so I asked “How much for the skid”, he said $1.01 per piece. Ok so I am interested how much for the skid then. He went over to it and bent down and started to count out loud 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, uh how is $35.00 for the skid? I had already done some quick math and there were about 70 pieces of lumber on the cart. Most of it was common pine but there was some clear pine, and a large amount of red oak. So I paid for it and loaded it into the truck headed for home.

I separated the wood when I got it home and to my surprise there was about $190.00 of red oak, $140.00 of clear pine, $25.00 of poplar and the balance was the common pine.

Here are some pictures of my good fortune:

I needed to get some common pine for my jam chucks I make for my bowl turning anyway so this worked out great. Here are pics of the jam chucks:

I took the worst of the material and cut it up for some jam chucks.

There is some wood I had put away that I was not able to include in the pictures but you get the idea.

It was a nice suprise for what started out as a dull day.

BTW I never got to the Honey Do project, I had to get the wood away before the rain!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#1 posted 10-03-2009 12:59 AM

Dang, you discovered my utility wood secret! They clear the bins after it gets picked over one to many times, and, if your lucky, you can catch them before they cut them in 2 and sell as rejects.

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#2 posted 10-03-2009 01:04 AM

nice score ,
thanks for the tip !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 01:33 AM

nice. hd can be a gold mine if you know where to look and take your time. Thanks for the tip!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 07:43 AM

Great score!

Do you put anything between your jam chuck and workpiece? I have had trouble with slipping (chuck turning and workpiece not). Have affixed a piece of fine sandpaper to the jam chuck and it helps keep the piece spinning.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 02:01 PM

I gotta say I did luck out. I have bought cull lumber there before but never like this.

Scrappy I have a piece of craft foam on the end of the jam chuck. If you look at the photo of the bowl on the lathe you will see the white corners of the foam sticking out. It is about 1/8” white foam (don’t use colors they can bleed onto the wood) I got it a craft store (Michaels) . I tried the thicker one they sell and I didn’t like it. At first I attached it to the chuck with contact cement and that became a problem because I wasn’t able to true the face before putting it back in the lathe. So now I just leave it lose and it works fine.

I hope this helps

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 10-04-2009 12:04 AM

Good one innovator

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 10-04-2009 08:10 PM

WOW!! Aren’t you the lucky one. What I want to know is how in the world did your wife react to the truck load sale and how you got around not doing the Honey Doo’s

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 10-05-2009 04:20 AM

Chuck – My wife was ok with it, she is looking at it as more things to make for her (Which I am fine with). As for the honey do list you know how it goes, Home Depot is alwways crowded so it took too long to get back with the wood, I mean stuff for the honey do.

:) :) :)

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#9 posted 10-05-2009 04:32 AM

I hate going to HD, seems like I hike from one end of the store to the other 8 times each time go no matter how well I plan my list. Then there is finding an associate who will stick around until you ask the questions you need answering before going off to help the line of folks who spotted someone in an orange vest, or one who knows the answer. Wish I could find a deal like that, only it would be very hard to fit in my cr*y little Chevy Aveo. Great Score though!

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#10 posted 10-05-2009 04:39 AM

Umm Very Good

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#11 posted 01-04-2010 09:25 AM

You got your bucks worth!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 01-05-2010 04:48 AM

That I did, much of it is gone already.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#13 posted 02-26-2012 04:18 PM

I have a place locally that is “kind of” like that, but it deals in strictly hardwoods, I’ve got a small fortune invested in all sorts of purple heart, orange paduax, cherry, brazilian cherry, spanish walnut, TONS of canary wood, like 2” x 8” x 5ft. LOTS of Sapelle and mahogany. It’s amazing the amount and types of wood this place carries.

Oh yeh, and then a few weeks ago, i had the trees in my front yard cut down, I had one maple that was standing dead and has naturally dried to 18%, my cranberry tree was looking really sickly so I cut that down and thats going to take a long LONG time to dry, and then, I got a whole MESS of birch that’s also drying. =)

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