$20 Wood Buy one year later

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 05-31-2017 01:17 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A year ago I was able to buy a dumpster load of cut offs from a local plant. Most of it finished and sizes 8 inch to 14 inch and 3/4 width some a bit thinner. So it took 24 boxes to bring it to my home, a few were smaller marked for the burner and campfires. And 6 boxes have been given away to relatives for fireplaces, not a bad gift when I counted in one box almost 50 pieces of wood, no pine mostly hardwood, 3 inch to 4 inch wide. As project wood it is almost ready to go edge one side and pick your pieces. Taking the 12 months, 3 one week vacations, two knee replacements that kept me out of the shop for 8 weeks each, add in another week or two for out of commission at therapy for the knees just not time to be there. I also am my own business as a Massage therapist and returned to work after two months from the second surgery. Now 5 months past fully back at my own hours. Really careful with safety and my hands. What did I make and not get done from this $20 load. I can count 2 cutting boards, number 3 for the niece is in progress, 2 name signs, 2 candy dispenses( most of these are in my projects ), 3 old fashion spinning tops for the grandsons, another small box for the shop, a small box to hold remotes for the TV, one unfinished table lamp, a band saw box that I started last summer, and a small addition to the Keurig cup holder. At the end of May I have 9 boxes of wood left, what a shame or is it. Plastic crates in my shop with separated wood by lengths 6 of them. And 2 pages of ideas in my notebook of small projects that I could make from this wood purchase. Feeling pretty good for the $20 ever price an 8 foot pine board lately about $13, the poplar and oak about gave me a heart attack. So maybe I didn’t do so bad. And just being greedy in April I went back and bought a bundle of wood strips they sell for $15 the widest 3 inch and 2 inch and some 1 inch, mostly 8 foot some 6 and 5 foot. It took most of the week with extra time sorting and cutting these down to stash it away and again dreaming of projects….table tops, table legs, new workbench. I will never tell where this store is that sells the cut offs. I guess I am old fashioned I never read in a manual or grammer book…off cuts. and I live around these Amish and they talk funny.

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#1 posted 05-31-2017 02:01 AM

I’d say excellent find. I keep all of my off cuts that size. I’ve made entire desks, bookshelves, and guard rails with pieces like that. Takes a few extra steps, but beats 4-8$ bf prices at big box lumber. Granted I buy direct, but sometimes you get in weird situations that force you to purchase from big box lumber or glue up off cuts.

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#2 posted 05-31-2017 10:24 AM

I just moved where a friend owns and runs a cabinet shop so I’ve been stopping by once a week to grab up some of his scraps, this will work great till winter come then he burns the scraps to help heat the shop. :-[

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#3 posted 05-31-2017 10:27 AM

Reminds me of when I was at my friends place and saw a pile of Blackbutt flooring off cuts, he was going to dispose of them and said I could take as much as I wanted.

I made a table top and a box the box of which I gave he and his wife back as a house warming gift.

So I will go check out your creations and will be watching with interest as to what others you create and post

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-31-2017 02:14 PM

I only wish I could get my hands on some of that it would make some beautiful boxes .


-- Kiefer

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