New to Lumber Jocks but not to Woodworking. ( ;{ )

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Blog entry by WoodKutter posted 11-30-2008 12:20 AM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, My name is Gary and I’m a Wood Hoarder. I just can’t past up a deal on wood. About 2 weeks ago I bought some very nice cherry from a friend who has been holding it about 15 years for me. While the stack is much diminished since the first time I saw this wood, it is still lovely to behold. He only had about 11 boards of full length left and several cutoff pieces and some pieces split from a log. The only reason he is parting with this stack of treasure now is because he is cleaning out the garage to park his new car in. I have been trying to relieve my friend of this burden for about 8 years. I traded him some very old 6/4 heart pine to make a fireplace mantle with and $200.00. Did I mention that the 5/4 cherry boards are 10-11 ft in length and are about 18 ins. wide and have been air drying for about 20 years.

Now to my problem. I already have a very nice collection of domestic woods. Soft Maple, Red Oak, Black Cherry, Old heart Pine,and Popular to name a few. But when I want to start a project I pull out this wood and I can’t bring myself to cut it. Now don’t get me wrong, I have some plain old run of the mill oak, pine and others which I have no problem butchering. But when I pull out a board of soft maple with curly ribbons running the full 14 in width on a 12 ft board I have trouble cutting into it. I say to myself it’s too pretty to cut. What if I mess up and waste some of it or maybe this project doesn’t deserve a board this nice. And back into the wood shed it goes until next time when I do it all over again. O’well, I guess when I die my daughter will have some nice wood for sale.

I’m 53 years old and have been woodworking for about 8 years. I have all the usual power tools ( table saw, jointer, planer etc.) plus a few others ( DeWalt Radial Arm Saw for one). I also have a small collection of hand tools which I enjoy using. I have not been actively doing much WW’ing in about 3 years because of other interests but am back to sliding down the slippery slope. A few months back I cleaned off the table saw, pulled out my hand planes and chisels, sharpened the blades and cleaned out my work room at home. My work room is a spare room in my house where I do hand work at night after my real job. I have several projects in mind I am wanting to make and I look forward to sharing them if anyone is interested.

I have been hearing about Lumber Jocks for some time but am just now really checking out the site. I like what I have seen so far and decided to join your Merry Band of WW’ers. I was wanting to take some pictures of a few things I have made in the past and show some projects. But when I started looking, all I could find was a couple of small boxes and 2 cherry speaker stands I had made. I have made tables, cabinets, shelves and about a dozen carved butterflys which take about 20 hrs each to carve. I was doing scroll saw work for about a year. I looked around and realized I had given it all away. I don’t even have one of the butterflys to call my own. I guess it’s time to start making something.

Thanks for reading. Have a good day.

Gary S. ( ;{ )

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 01:39 AM

Welcome to LJ’s,

We all love to see each others work and we are eager to see some of yours.

As a side note, it’s considered bad form to go around bragging about hoarded curly cherry boards without posting a picture or two ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 01:46 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. You can email me privately, and I will provide you with an address to ship all that cherry you can’t bring yourself to cut!! I won’t have a problem cutting it!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 01:52 AM

Here is a tip for you- No picture, didn’t happen. Please take this as what it is. There are some on here that will not be as nice about it.

Welcome to LJ’s and I hope that you have as wonderful a time here as I have.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 11-30-2008 02:04 AM

Well excuse the hell outta me. Sorry if I’m breaking some rule.

Gary S

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#5 posted 11-30-2008 02:17 AM


We’re just havin fun with ya.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#6 posted 11-30-2008 02:36 AM

Gary, welcome to LJs. Sounds like you’ve got a great stash of cherry.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-30-2008 02:45 AM

Hay Welcome LJs Keep cool

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 11-30-2008 02:49 AM

Welcome to LJs, if you need anything just ask anyone. Please don’t take offense to a little kidding everyone really are very nice people here and we have very few misunderstandings. You are very lucky to have such a beautiful stash. I’d love to see you make something from it, but I, for one, know exactly how you feel. I’m like that with my maple and walnut, I just can’t make up my mind what to make out of it. It deserves something better, I feel, than I can make with it. Glad you’re here.

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

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#9 posted 11-30-2008 07:00 AM

WoodKutter Welcome to the world of LumberJocks. It’s a great place to hang out. Yes there is a saying that gets kicked around here No Picture Didn’t happen. It all in fun but we like to see pictures.

I don’t know how big your wood stash is, but I feel like you I hate to cut-up some of my hard scrounged for wood. Now that I’m 66 it’s starting to get easier, or I’ll be like you. My wife and children will have a great big yard sale. And I’ll miss passing on the treasures that I’ve collected.

So I’m cutting them up. But the pile doesn’t seem to be going down fast. But, I’m having fun.


-- 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 12-03-2008 07:57 AM


Please accept my most sincere and profound appoligy. I meant no disrespect. It was meant as a joke, and if it came off as not funny I am truely sorry. My ex-wifes both say that I say things that I think are funny but they aren’t.


-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#11 posted 12-04-2008 01:15 AM


I’m sorry but it just hit me the wrong way. I went back and reread the comments and I don’t know what happened. I guess being my first post I was a little apprehensive about it and felt like I was being criticized when I wasn’t. Please forgive the brash way I acted. I am not normally that way. I would like to just start over if that’s OK. I will take some pics of the lumber on Sat ( earlier if I can get home before dark this week) and post another blog on it.

With hat in hand,
Thanks, Gary

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#12 posted 12-04-2008 07:34 AM

It’s all good. No Blood, No Harm, No Foul.

Now go make some saw dust and have loads of fun.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#13 posted 12-08-2008 12:14 AM

Gary, I know how you feel, I do not have the extensive collection that you do, however I do have a single piece of what I believe is yellow pine from some old growth in PA. It was given to me about 8 years ago and at that time, I was told it was about 20 years old.

I will be hooking up with Karson here in a couple of weeks and I hope to pick his brain about a project for the piece. It’s not cherry, but it is still a nice thing to see when I go out into the shop. I’ll put a post up and see what idea’s I get from the forum when the time comes.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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