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Blog entry by Karson posted 04-22-2009 03:14 AM 2588 reads 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last thursday I stopped by the local Sawmill. I wasn’t looking for anything, just a social visit. I think that he’s running into finincial problems. The reason I say that is the lack of logs in the lot and the lack of piles of sawn wood in the yard.

He is not usually at the mill in the recent times I’ve visited. But, he was there this day. He shut down the mill and came over to talk. We chatted for a few minutes and then he asked if I wanted to buy that pile of maple over there. The price was $1.00 a bd ft. I asked him how much wood. He went and check and guessed about 350 bd Ft and he quoted a price of $300. if I took the whole pile. He stated at that price i should be OK.

I climbed up on top of the pile to check it out. It was some burly/tiger striped maple.

I told him I was having an executive meeting of the Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club that night and I’d ask if anyone wants some.

I probably would buy it all if no one else wanted in.

At the meeting one other person said that he’d split the pile.

The sawmill owner stated that the pile was made up of two logs and I figured that the bottom of the stack was one log and the top was another. The top was the burly/tiger maple. I also knew that when we stacked it in his truck the top would be on the bottom and the bottom would be on the top. I didn’t know the condition of the bottom log.

So I suggested that when we stacked it in his truck the top of the pile would be stacked on the left and the bottom on the right. When we unloaded it I’d get the top few layers so I’d get some of both logs. He’d get the rest.

When we finally looked at the stack on the ground it was 4’ wide, 9’ long and 12 layers high. Each board was about 1 5/16” thick so it was a good strong 5/4. We were getting about 400 bd ft of wood for $300.00 about 75 cents for a surface ft which had 1 1/4 bd ft per surface ft. So for an official BD ft price it would be about 60 cents per BD ft.

This is my portion of the pile in the floor of my shop.

Yoy can see the burls and the tiger stripe in the wood. The bottom log in the stack was mostly Ambrosia Maple with almost no burl. I don’t know if the tiger stripe is present in that log.

Other pictures

You can see the waves in the Ambrosia stripe that shows the tiger stripe.

Everyone knows that I need more wood.

This wood tested at 12% moisture. I’ll stack it on the floor of my veneer room and blow fans on the stack.

I have some other maple there that was 17 % and after 3 days it was down to 12.

-- 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 04-22-2009 03:19 AM

Oooooowh! Do you need my address?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 04-22-2009 03:44 AM

Nice haul Karson! Hope your local guy stays in business so you can get more in the future.

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 04-22-2009 03:45 AM

wow …wished I was your neighbor ! lucky dog

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

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#4 posted 04-22-2009 04:05 AM

I hope that he stays in business. I asked him about his brother who had been the logger part of the business.

He stated that he just got out of the hospital. Something hit him and broke about every bone in his face and on top of that it drove his face into the chain saw. I hope it was stopped.

-- 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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#5 posted 04-22-2009 04:24 AM

wow that sounds like a real scary accident…wow…

the wood looks amazing…at that price you could ship some? you could cut them into postcards…and just put our address on it…

enjoy it karson…enjoy it…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 04:25 AM

Karson, if this lumber acquisition continues, you’re going to have to build a bigger shop!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 04:28 AM

I work only with exotic woods like cheap pine. I get enough splinters from that. :) Beaurtiful wood you have there. I cannot do it any justice because I do not have the knowledge or tooling required to bring out the beauty of that wood. Thanks for telling and showing us buddy. God Bless.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 04:30 AM

and you can probably make it all from maple.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 04-22-2009 05:21 AM

Oh, you “executives” get all the breaks. We peon unskilled laborers get to work with construction pine… or meager scraps tossed our way… :) uh, if you toss any of that maple… toss it this direction!

Nice post… nice haul…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 05:32 AM

Maybe that I should tell you that Monday I was dumpster diving at a modular home builder scrounging for pine scraps to make some toys for our Christmas give away. It was a poring down rain and I used scrap plastic to pull over the dumpster while my buddy stayed under one corner and then threw the scraps into the back of his pickup.

I think next time I’ll wait for a dry day.

-- 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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#11 posted 04-22-2009 05:33 AM

Nice haul Karson.

You seem to have the habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Never happens to me, bummer.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 05:37 AM

Good buy, almost all of the hardwood mills here in the PNW have shut down and I am missing the supply of cheat or free wood.

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

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#13 posted 04-22-2009 05:54 AM

Karson -

Congratulations! That is quite a steal.



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#14 posted 04-22-2009 05:54 AM

You are one lucky dog Karson. That haul should keep you busy for awhile. Good for you. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 04-22-2009 05:56 AM

Whatca gonna build karson?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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