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Blog entry by Karson posted 09-04-2008 02:13 AM 1747 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Those of you who know me know that I’m always on the lookout for wood (not). I’ve got more lumber than I’ll ever use in my lifetime.

But I’ve been on the lookout for some Aromatic Red Cedar. I saw a log at an acquaintance home and I told him to cut it up. He owns a Woodmizer.

I went to pick up the wood today. He also cut up a few other cedar logs at the same time so he probably had 1000 bd ft cut.

I picked up 6 1X10 – 6’, 6 1X6- 8’, 6 1×8-8’, 7 1×10-8’ and one board maybe 20” x 8’. Some of the boards have a live edge and so they were discounted in size. But overall size turns out to 135 BD Ft for a sale of 115 Bd Ft.

The last red cedar i bought was 40 years and I paid $0.25 per Bd ft. this was a little more. $2.00 a bd ft.

The big board has a nice live edge and might make a great table top. My wife is always needing a baby changing table for the grand kids, So this might fill the need.

The hole you might see in the middle of my lumber storage rack, behind the Yellow Birch that is leaning up on my trojan horse, To the left of the Buffet Hutch under construction, is where I’ll store this wood. The rest of the rack is full, full, full. I had to move wood around to make this hole.

I plan on making a half dozen or so blanket chests for the kids and wife. So I’ll probably resaw this cedar to line the insides of the chests. It is some beautiful wood.

-- 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 09-04-2008 02:42 AM

wow…amazing purchase…that seems like a lot of wood…I am sure your shop smells better (no offnse, lol)...

Cant wait to see the chests…you mentioned that you will line the chests with the cedar,...does that mean that there will be another wood on the outside? Or am I misunderstanding something…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 02:52 AM

You are correct.

I might use cherry, walnut, beech, maple or other woods for the outside. i might also veneer some. I usually let the receiver pickout the woods that they want.

-- 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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#3 posted 09-04-2008 02:53 AM

It’s great to hear about a tree turning into lumber that will be used for such personal projects!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 02:57 AM

More chances to drool at your collection. Thanks, Karson!

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

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 03:09 AM

I’m in the process of moving mine.
Wish I had less, but as a woodmiser wish I had yorus. <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 03:14 AM

Karso, that wood looks great. I bought some cedar about 6 years ago from a fellar who had it stored in his attic for 30 years. He had gotten it down and put it on his back porch before he advertised it for sale. Dogs and cats had done there thing on it and it smeld and was totally black looking. I almost drove off without buying it but he sold it to me for $45.00. When I got it loaded it filled my pickup. When I got back to the shop, we unloaded it and I had to see what I really bought. So I fired up the planer and the wood was absolutley amazing. My wife just found me the pictures so I will scan some into the computer and show everyone some before and after pictures of the cedar. I’ll also post some pics of the cedar chests I made from the wood for my Step-daughter and my daughter-in-law.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 09-04-2008 03:19 AM

Thanks cabinetmaster. That sounds like a real find.

-- 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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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 09-04-2008 03:21 AM

Hey Karson

Never let a good lumber deal get past you ….. and may you be blessed with many hours of FUN !

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

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#9 posted 09-04-2008 03:47 AM

I love cedar, I should keep some around just to run through the saw and enjoy the aroma.

My woodworking club just made a big purchase from a local seller who was trying to reduce inventory. We got 5/4 cherry @ $3.50/BF and 4/4 poplar at $1.00/BF – love to find a bargain!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#10 posted 09-04-2008 04:10 AM

My sons are always teasing me about my vast collection as well…..hopefully I will be able to use the majority of it before I pass on to that big dust collector in the sky : ) lol ..Great deal you have there , Karson ! I can’t wait to see some of your projects from this nice wood : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-04-2008 04:23 AM

From the looks of that stash in the background, you need my help to clean out a space for your new score. I am so envious! Thanks for sharing Karson.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 09-04-2008 04:29 AM

I picked up some red cedar earlier this year, a mill out in Huntsville was selling off a bunch of 1” x 4” x 8’ boards at $.36 LF yes LF. My father,FIL, and I bought around $150 worth combined. Have it up in the loft seasoning. I am going to my 3 cedar blanket chests for my daughters and MIL one of these days.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#13 posted 09-04-2008 11:43 AM

Wow, that is one whale of a lumber rack. It’d be the envy of almost every Jock.

Also, thanks for being so generous with the pen swap box. I really look forward to turning the blanks you provided.

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#14 posted 09-04-2008 10:32 PM

Good Find Karson, I still only have that one piece I bought at the woodshow back in the winter and hope to turn it into a sign soon.
Can’t wait to see those chests.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 09-04-2008 10:58 PM

thank goodness.. I was getting worried, Karson, that you’d be running out of wood soon and wouldn’t have anything to build with!! :)

great deal.. beautiful wood.. and wonderful projects-to-be. Lucky family!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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