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Project by FaTToaD posted 07-28-2010 03:11 AM 3629 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, almost free. Here’s what I got from a buddy’s dad this weekend while back in Arkansas. Seven cedar logs anywhere from 10 to 16 feet long and 6 to 14 inches in diameter. I also have a couple smaller five foot sections not shown in the picture. All for the price of two cases of Coca-Cola. Not bad. Did I mention I got a 10” Craftsman Radial Arm Saw as well? Yeah, that too. Pretty good deal in my book.

This is my first “wood gloat” so to speak, I’m pretty excited, now I just have to figure what in the world I’m going to do with it. I don’t have any way to mill it right now, but I’ll figure something out, it’s not like it’s going to go bad. I may make some rustic benches or something out it. If I get it milled up, I may try a small cedar chest for my buddy’s parents, maybe a humidor for myself, the possibilities are endless…

It was one heck of trip getting back to the Mojave desert. The guys at the California agricultural check station had fun. Five officers with flashlights crawling all over the trailer, but 20 minutes later they said I could go.

Thanks for looking!

-- David

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#1 posted 07-28-2010 03:21 AM

Welcome back, David.
Is this the “aromatic” cedar? There should be an LJ or two around that might be able to help saw this cedar.
Way to go. Rand

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 03:35 AM

Definitely can’t beat a deal like that. Nice wood. I use an Alaska Mill if I can’t fit it though my bandsaw’s resaw capabilities. Only problem with that is I loose a lot of wood with the chainsaw. But we do what we can right. good luck.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 03:37 AM

Great Lookin Cedar

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 07-28-2010 04:43 AM

Can’t wait to see what you find inside. Its always like Christmas for me.

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#5 posted 07-28-2010 05:26 AM

I’m not sure if it’s aromatic cedar, it sure smells heavenly though. Every time I go near it I bend down and smell the end of one the fresh ones. Reminds me of going to Silver Dollar City as a kid…

How can I tell if it’s aromatic cedar?

-- David

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#6 posted 07-28-2010 06:48 AM

since you got it in arkansas it most likley not aromatic cedar, i use a lot of cedar from ark, and oklahoma and it is great to work with..

-- larry

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#7 posted 07-28-2010 06:48 AM

I’ll give you THREE cases of Coke for it, and you can keep the saw! ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 07-28-2010 04:16 PM

I’ll be watching for your progress with those future projects. Those are some nice grain lines on that big one.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 07-28-2010 07:53 PM

Great score. And that Agricultural Checkpoint can get backed up sometimes. I bet the people behind you were a little upset. But for a score like that, I wouldn’t mind pissin’ a few people off either. lol.

-- Matt -

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#10 posted 07-28-2010 09:15 PM

Not a bad haul for come Cola! Great logs – can’t wait to see some projects. Congratulations.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#11 posted 07-28-2010 11:03 PM

“AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhh…..” That’s the wood gods singing their praises down upon you! WOOD GLOATS ARE MY FAV!!! and….Cedar is my fav wood!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 07-29-2010 05:35 PM

Great score. You must have had a big truck or trailer to haul this all the way back to California. I can never pass up a post like this. Scoring logs is just one of my favorite things to do. Cedar is fun to work with. Not sure wher Ridgecrest is, you might be able to find a Sawyer near you by looking here:
Keep us posted on what becomes of this.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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