Oh! My Ackey, Breakey Heart - It's firewood

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Blog entry by Karson posted 11-02-2007 11:39 PM 1863 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago my wife met a lady who lived 10 miles from us and she said her husband owned a door and window plant, and that I should go at pay him a visit.

I had never done it.

Since i started to assist in making the toys for Christmas from the Mason – Dixon Woodworking Club, I thought that I’d check and see if they had any scraps that we could use for toy making.

I went there today. They make wooden doors and windows for Million Dollar homes and they ship all over the country. These are big doors and they are mostly made with Sapele, a sub species of African Mahogany. I saw some doors there that were 10’ tall. I also saw some painted.

Anyways I talked to him about some scrap lumber. He said that they have cutoffs that they put in bins but they are not usually used because they try to match color to whatever they are making. But he told me to take what I wanted from a couple of bins.

So I went to move my car to the door to make it easier to carry. I saw this wood out side by a trailer.

It’s one of the employees firewood stash.

Here are some more pictures.

I went back into the building to say that those were the kind of pieces that I could use and he said one of his employees was taking that for firewood, but that he’d check with him.

This is what I picked up today from inside the building.

And re-stacked in the shop.

It’s about 2’ square and 14” high of 2 – 3” thick wood and some other 1” stuff.

It’s about 60 bd ft of wood that I got today.

I have no idea how long this kind of wood has been used for firewood. There is probably equivalent of a cord of firewood in the bins.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 11-03-2007 12:22 AM

I guess after working in the mill all day, the last thing that employee wanted was to go home to make boxes and stuff. So I bet it serves him well as firewood. Nice find and good knowing that you can go back for more when needed.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 11-03-2007 01:37 AM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 11-03-2007 01:45 AM

One man junk is another mans treasure isn’t it? Way to go Karson you struck it rich!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 11-03-2007 01:51 AM

That’s a lot of toaster tongs !

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 11-03-2007 01:53 AM

Lots of toys for good little boys and girls. And some for the ones who are not so good too.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-03-2007 02:00 AM

great find Karson.

-- bryano

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#7 posted 11-03-2007 03:22 AM

my, my . . . . really makes you wonder how much has gone up in smoke! and brings a tear to my eye.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#8 posted 11-03-2007 03:27 AM

Good find Karson – My wife works for a door manufacturing company, but they make only commercial doors – most are Poplar frames and Veneer coverings. I rarely get a scrap of anything, but I keep hoping :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 11-03-2007 03:30 AM

If there is about 1 Cord of firewood of Sapele in those crates. That equals about 1500 Bd Ft of wood. One of the web sites is selling Sample Pack of Sapele 20 Bd Ft for 210.00 or $11.00 per bd ft. X 1500 Bd Ft = $16,000 worth of firewood.

I’d probably be willing to buy him a Cord of firewood in trade.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-03-2007 04:27 AM

that company is crazy to throw that out. I’m sure there is a secondary market for that stuff. You could offer them 25 cents a bft to carry it off and make a few bucks selling it on ebay or to local woodworker stores.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 11-03-2007 04:41 AM

Oh good, just what you need Karson, more wood (he says enviously). That is an amazing find. You lead a blessed life.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 11-03-2007 04:47 AM

Hi Karson! Go man go!

WOW, nice find. Yikes, firewood! You must have been floored. That will make a ton of toys. I’d love to have some of those thick pieces for my turnings. Perhaps he’ll trade you for some real fire wood. I agree, this would sell great on ebay.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#13 posted 11-03-2007 04:54 AM

Bob Come on down and I’ll give you some.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 11-03-2007 06:11 AM

I’m a Boxhound Karson, but you are a Woodhound! LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 11-03-2007 11:59 AM

Hi Karson;

You stepped in it again, didn’t you! If it wasn’t for good luck, you’de have no luck at all. You must be living right!

I’ll bet if a rock fell from the sky and hit you in the foot, it would turn out to be gold! LOL

What a great find!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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