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Forum topic by RFic posted 08-20-2018 04:09 PM 1407 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2018 04:09 PM

OK, I know I’m new here & looking for a needle in a haystack! I hope you’ll bear with me.

As an introduction, I’ve been building furniture for about 40 years but have not done much in the last 6-8 years other than an electric guitar my son & I built, but that’s another story…

RE: the Southern Yellow Pine project… My wife, who never does projects, made some shelves out of SYP 2×10
construction material that turned out great. She made the stain (dye really) following a recipe she read about using vinegar that had soaked with steel wool for about a week as a 1st coat, and then the same solution (I think), with iced tea as the 2nd coat. The result is hard to describe, but they really came out great.

The rub is we just redid a fireplace in stone & she wants me to make a mantle to match. The mantle needs to be about 3 1/2” x 11 1/2” x 80”. I could glue up wood to get the required thickness, but, on this mantle, the ends will show & that wouldn’t look right, so…

I’m looking for a source where I could get thick, wide, & clear SYP. Small, tight knots would be OK but I can’t have any bark inclusion or loose knots. And, of course, it needs to be dry.

Anyone know of a source for something like that?

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#1 posted 08-20-2018 04:16 PM

Maybe a local sawmill?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 08-20-2018 04:25 PM

Capitol City Lumber in Raleigh NC
They sell clear, #1, #2, and timbers.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 08-20-2018 04:40 PM

Glue two 4×6’s together?

Other than that fabricate the panel using 1x material leaving the center hollow. Using mitered corners, would look seamless and have no end grain.

The problem with such thick material is that when it dries, it will crack.

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#4 posted 08-20-2018 04:49 PM

Danny Hamsley (LJ user WDHLT15) has a sawmill in south Georgia and could certainly fulfill your material requirements.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 08-20-2018 04:53 PM

Thanks for the quick replies. Have tried a few local sources. Can get a couple of local sawmills to cut for me, but all say: a) have to pay in advance; b) it’ll be wet and I’ll have to dry it; and, c) no guarantee on quality with respect to knots. Given pines of the size needed to make a board like I’m after aren’t common around here, that’s not sounding like a high success probability option.

I’m probably going to end up doing something like what dschlic1 suggests but thought I’d see whether anyone knew of a source first.

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#6 posted 08-20-2018 04:57 PM

Too bad I’m not closer. I have a lot of dry southern yellow pine, very clear but it would still need to be glued up. I believe they are 1.5” thick but long enough and wide enough.

If you want me to look into shipping I can check but that might have to be freight due to length and weight.

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#7 posted 08-20-2018 05:12 PM

Where are you located? In in southwest Georgia and may be able to help you, we have a local mill that cuts almost exclusively SYP and they have a kiln. I can ship it anywhere you want but that’s obviously additional cost

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#8 posted 08-20-2018 09:04 PM

Try these people in Atlanta. They have 4’ x 8” timbers number 1 grade kiln dried syp. You could glue them up. Nice folks.

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#9 posted 08-21-2018 03:02 AM

Your best bet may be vintage timbers from old cotton mills and such. There are sources in most major cities in the south. There are two in Jackson Ms. and I have used one in Birmingham.

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#10 posted 08-21-2018 11:34 AM

I have what you are looking for. Dry and ready to go. Where are you located?

Thank you Herb.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#11 posted 08-21-2018 12:50 PM

I’m in a small town just north of Houston TX. Will reach out on the phone later today (assuming there’s a phone number @ the link in your signature)

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