Karma brought me LOTS of FREE wood today!

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Blog entry by oldskoolmodder posted 10-22-2008 05:38 AM 2185 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was out at my local exotic wood store that I’ve shopped at for the last 25 years, and picked up a few nice things, as well as some wood too. I was kind of wondering how I let myself spend $87 (total) on Purple Heart, (1×11 1/4×17), 1/8” x 2 1/2” x 36” (2pcs), 1” x 2” x 30” Cordia/Bocote & 1/4” x 4” x 24” Mexican Chechen, plus brad tip bits and nice adjustable countersink bits plus a bunch of misc stuff.

When I went to lunch on my way home, I decided to call my buddy that owns a woodmill/shop, and asked if he had any cut-off pieces that I could stop by and pick up while I was 2 blocks from his house already. His laugh wasn’t what I expected, but he did tell me I was in luck, because he was cleaning out the shop and had a few pieces out front for free, if I wanted them. I figured his free wood would be things like 2 feet or under, of oak or pine of something. I should have known better, because when I got there, I got a HUGE shock.

Out front was over 1000’ feet of various woods, almost all hard woods. I took ALL of the Black Walnut he was throwing out, As well as lots of Red & White oak, some Dutch & Siberian Elm and various other pcs. Whatever I could fit in the back of the Trailblazer. There wasn’t much room at all for me, much less my passenger, who grabbed all the 1/4” Birch Plywood that they could fit on their lap and int eh nooks I left open. Some pcs I got were 24” or a bit less, but most was between 48” and 102”.

There were a few slabs of various woods, plus a nice crotch piece of Poplar that I’ve already decided will be a table of some sort. I took TONS of pics, and measured and marked 20 pieces as well as cutting some rough edges on a few pieces as well. At the end of the day, I still had 50-75 pcs to measure and mark, but All in all it was a GREAT day.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 05:41 AM

Wow! Where can I get a friend like that? great find… Makes me a little jealous. :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-22-2008 05:46 AM

Good catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 05:59 AM

I dunno, but I’m glad to have him for a friend. He actually asked me if I wanted to come back and get more later, but this stuff will literally last me a few years, unless I find the right projects to make with them. I do know that I’ll be making a lot of nice Xmas gifts this year, if I can find the time, before the weather get’s too bad.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 12:39 PM

Nice haul. I hope you offered to buy your friend an adult beverage or some equivalent.

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 12:53 PM

I now have to go and change my shirt as I have drooled all over myself! Looks like you are going to have some serious shop time coming your way! Have fun!!

-- last night I played a blank tape at full volume - the mime next door went nuts!

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 01:16 PM

What’s more important is that he didn’t say anything about a wife complaining about leaving this stuff lying around!
Wood karma is nice. Wife karma is great.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 01:41 PM

very nice haul… a great example of how it pays to know people.
and if he’s got more he’s willing to give up, you should get it. it’s not like these opportunities come up every day. ...and if you aren’t going to take it for yourself, take it for us!

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 02:50 PM

Great score…....

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#9 posted 10-22-2008 03:28 PM

Great score! Now, call him back for the rest Has to be some room under the basement stairs…

I know how you feel. Lumberjock Dennis Zongker has given me two goodly loads of offcuts and scraps that while too small to use/store from a cabinetmaker’s perspective, are perfect from a small boxmaker’s point of view. My shop is up to the gunwales with lumber. Under the stairs, under the beds, on top of the kitchen cabinets is next!

Last year, I hit the jackpot with tiger maple logs for bowl blanks, but stopped because I thought it might be imprudent. Now I torture myself by driving by to see his neighbors eight foot stack of tiger-striped cordwood…

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

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#10 posted 10-22-2008 03:48 PM

The ol’ hearts a ponding at the thought of free wood. The only thing my friends give me is a hard time. You truely have a great friend!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 10-22-2008 04:42 PM

Thanks Folks. I offered to pay him numerous times, and each time he refused. I left the rest of the wood, because it didn’t appeal to me as much as the Black Walnut, Elm & Oak that I got. Plus the slabs alone, were worth it to me. While I was leaving other people started showing up, & one person gave me a hard time for taking the best stuff. I just smiled and muttered under my breath, “shoulda been here first”. Today, after I go shopping for materials for a deck I’m building for someone, I’ll thickness plane some of the bigger pcs of Black Walnut just enough to see what they look like with the roughness off of them.

I know I was tired last night, because I didn’t even dream about what I was going to build with ANY of this wood. Now THAT is a good nights sleep! (for me)

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#12 posted 10-22-2008 05:28 PM

What actually left wood behind? Isn’t that breaking some kind of code .. What a great friend. I’d throw a few nice steaks and some cold brewskies his way.. you know just to keep open the lines of commucation.

-- Ray,VA

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#13 posted 10-22-2008 06:15 PM

Nice score! Good to know that wood will not go to waste but will be turned into several great projects.

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#14 posted 10-22-2008 07:35 PM

thanks for posting. looks like a great haul. lumber pics are my favorite posts. what a great variety!

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#15 posted 10-22-2008 08:12 PM

That’s almost criminal!!

Great friend. I agree, at least some beer and steaks. I might even throw in my wife. (Only kidding).

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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