found wood #19: Okay, too much wood now...

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 04-05-2010 06:59 PM 1963 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d love to get these, but conifers don’t really call to me like the angiosperms. The wood is usually soft and sappy, and I grew up surrounded by pine. It’s what everything decorative and utilitarian was made from, so I’m a little burned out on it.

Now these, they call to me through sheer size. I think most of that is 3’ diameter or better. I’d love to have a nice portable band mill and a flatbed, and an MS 880 STIHL Magnumâ„¢ Chain Saw with a 59 inch guide bar. I’d cut some rounds for circular table tops, then slab the rest for rectangular table tops, all natural edge wherever the bark wasn’t screwed up, with decoratively rounded edging wherever it was. Any thoughts as to how many table tops could be made out of these 3 chunks, and what they might run if all sold? Obviously grain and other things will vary the price, but I’d love to hear any ballpark guesses.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 07:02 PM

I think you are going to need a hauling trailer too. BTW a second set of hands wouldn’t hurt

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 07:19 PM

Tell me about it. I’ve been waiting for anyone at any of these places to come out and say “Oh, let me give you a hand loading that.” It hasn’t happened yet!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 06:22 AM

Gary, you need my tractor and trailer to load and haul!! Be a good place to park it for the winter too ;-))

-- 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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#4 posted 04-06-2010 07:11 AM

Everyone has big toys! The moving truck that helped me here couldn’t get into my driveway. The iron fence just misses my pickup’s mirrors by less than a foot on either side. The movers tried valiantly, but kept banging into it, and just parked on the street and carried everything across what is my street’s largest front lawn. If I park on the street, I have to move it Mondays from my side of the street, and Tuesdays from the other side of the street for the street sweeper. I got a few tickets when I first moved here until I learned I don’t have a good enough memory to leave it on the street. I’ll get a ticket almost every time. Now I always back into the driveway through the narrow gate. I’ve gotten exceptionally good at it. There are only a few places you could park a trailer on this residential street, because there are ornamentals with wide crowns down much of it. If I have to pull over so a car can pass, because the roads are too narrow for the parked cars and two-way traffic, I always bang my antenna really hard on the purple orchid trees. It sounds like it’s going to rip clean away. Ah, cramped city life.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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