Wood Gloat.... Maybe?? #1: Lumber Bought at Auction

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Scott Bryan posted 11-16-2009 04:11 PM 14372 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Wood Gloat.... Maybe?? series no next part

Over the weekend I went to an auction that had 600 bf of cherry, 400 bf of walnut and 400 bf of oak for sale. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it all back into the shop or where I would even put it if I won the wood but I thought it would be great to work on getting a wood stash that would start to rival that of Karson and Larry.

When the wood was auctioned needless to say I did not win any of it. The guy that bought most of it never put his card down and so the wood went for more than I was willing to pay for it since the auction got quite animated at times. But after the rough lumber was auctioned off there was a pile of split logs that was left to be auctioned. I ended up being the sole bidder and won the stack for $5.00 for the wood that had been stored for over 20 years in a barn (according to the auctioneer).

Here are the slabs of cherry and oak that I got home with:

And a picture of “The Boss” included for the sake of perspective:

In doing some rough calculations I figure there is around 30 to 40 bf of cherry and 5 bf of white oak in the slabs.

But when I removed the bark on one of the oak slabs here is what I found:

and a closer look:

This is obviously powder post beetle damage and needless to say will end up in my neighbors firewood pile. It does not look like any of the other logs are infected but I will know more when I mill the slabs up with my bandsaw sled.

Thanks for looking and, as always, thanks for letting me share this with you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

15 comments so far

View jackass's profile


350 posts in 4957 days

#1 posted 11-16-2009 04:23 PM

Hi Scott,
Hope you don’t have to burn it. How about pesticide and live with the worm holes. Great buy at 5 bucks.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

View patron's profile


13722 posts in 4585 days

#2 posted 11-16-2009 04:28 PM

great haul , and for $5 bucks !

just fill the holes ,
you can make some nice ’ antiques ’ with it ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View GMman's profile


3902 posts in 4942 days

#3 posted 11-16-2009 04:48 PM

Still a good deal for $5

View nmkidd's profile


758 posts in 4417 days

#4 posted 11-16-2009 05:21 PM

If you can salvage any of it …’s a gimme for 5 bucks.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

View KayBee's profile


1083 posts in 4490 days

#5 posted 11-16-2009 05:22 PM

A great deal! Congrats

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

View sw_iowa_sawyer's profile


39 posts in 4621 days

#6 posted 11-16-2009 05:42 PM

The holes in the photo although not 100% sure without something to scale does not look like powder post beetle damage. Since I own a sawmill I do see some PPB damage, the hole they make are very very small.
Along the lines of a 26 pt period in Windows Notepad the damage you have looks like some type of wood borer. I have found that wood borers love cherry but once it drys down they tend to lose interest. What you do with the wood is up to you I just thought you would like to know.

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27249 posts in 5066 days

#7 posted 11-16-2009 06:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestions on saving the piece of oak.

I can live with the worm holes. These just add a classic look to the project. But I did have some concerns about bringing powder post beetles into the house. They are nastier than termites in my opinion. The best way to get rid of them is through kiln drying but that it not an option due to the distance I would have to go to find a kiln and it is only a single stick of lumber. And I am sure that if I cut it up and tried to bake it in our oven, which could work very similar to a kiln, “The Boss” would have a few words to say about that!! There are some battles that are simply not worth fighting. :)

I may try to mill it up and see what it looks like rather than letting it go for firewood if I can figure out some way to heat it to kill the wood borers. But for now I am going to leave it at the far end of my lot until I get a chance to work on it with my bandsaw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

View jamsie's profile


90 posts in 4483 days

#8 posted 11-16-2009 09:18 PM

How about “boiling” your bowls os spindles? That would get rid of any worms. I think.
Good deal for 5 bucks!

-- Jamsie

View degoose's profile


7284 posts in 4599 days

#9 posted 11-16-2009 09:40 PM

Scott you are now a close 3rd….very nice score and only $5 or just on 10 cents a board foot… can’t complain bout that..

-- Be safe.

View Joe Watson's profile

Joe Watson

317 posts in 4791 days

#10 posted 11-16-2009 09:57 PM

i would say get rid of the worms and use the wood those worm holes will look neat on something. great find!

-- Got Wood?

View cabinetmaster's profile


10873 posts in 4802 days

#11 posted 11-17-2009 02:33 AM

For $5 bucks? Man you can’t go wrong on that deal. Will make some very nice projects, worm holes or not.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

View BarryW's profile


1016 posts in 5151 days

#12 posted 11-17-2009 03:16 AM

Gloat?? Just one picture rubs it in our faces….shame on you for making me drool on my keyboard…well, not entirely drool….some tears as well…well, not entirely “some tears” more like buckets of tears…great buy!!!

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

View Dan Lyke's profile

Dan Lyke

1530 posts in 5369 days

#13 posted 11-17-2009 05:34 AM

Like others, I’d be looking for ways to cook or pesticide that board (I think cooking it’d be easier, even though you’d have to find a way to insulate and heat big bits of it) and using the holes, whatever made ‘em, for visual effect.

Holes like that add character!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

View OhValleyWoodandWool's profile


970 posts in 4365 days

#14 posted 11-23-2009 11:39 PM

great find

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

View Glen's profile


118 posts in 4321 days

#15 posted 12-24-2009 10:29 PM

Leave the holes. They add “character” to whatever project you make with the wood.

-- Glen

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics