I think I'm falling in love with Cherry. (Especially at this price!)

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 06-28-2013 06:11 PM 1611 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2013 06:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood timber cherry

I remember when I moved out on my own and got married and we started buying furniture for our home. I always liked the solid wood pieces and could not stand the particle board stuff. It seems that I always gravitated toward oak. I loved oak! Interesting enough… I did not like anything cherry. I never bought one single thing that was cherry. I just didn’t like it at all.

I guess things change over the years. Here I am now… I’m loving working with cherry. I’ve also really started liking a lot of walnut as well. I still like oak… but it seems like everytime I see something I like.. it tends to be cherry or walnut.

I’m doing a blog about a project that I’m working on. I’m using the first pieces of cherry that I ever got. It was three 8’ boards.

I also made a few trips to the local sawmill. Again… as I looked at their selection I kept going back to the Walnut and the Cherry.

I have a big build planned. I want to make my own bedroom furniture. I have plans for the bed already. And possibly the end tables (two choices so far). I also want to make a dresser and a chest. The Walnut and Cherry were anywhere between $5-$7 per bdft at the two local sawmills. This is rough cut with one side straight. They are about 1”. So… I like the cherry and the walnut… but that’s gonna be a big purchase. So it’s something that will take a while to get to. Plus… I have other smaller projects I need to finish. And my room I’ll be moving into is not ready for me yet.

Sooooo… I picked up a used jointer from a friend. As he was delivering it to me he told me where he got it. He went to some yard sale or answered an ad on facebook. Anyhow… he was telling me about the guys he got it from. Said they have a TON of cherry they are wanting to get rid of. He passed along the info.

Here’s what I ended up getting!!!

So here’s the story. I call the guy up and set up a time to go look at it. It’s about 30 minutes away in the neighboring county out in the sticks. If it wasn’t for GPS… I’d have gotten lost. I get to his house and he and his dad tell me to follow them to the barn. We follow them even further into the sticks to a great big barn. Inside he has two trailers FULL of cherry. Stacked about 3’ high at least. Like I said.. TWO trailers. And these are the longer trailers. Looks as though you could fit two cars on one trailer. I asked about where it came from The dad said they had a farm. And about 7 years ago there was a storm that went through and knocked down a bunch of cherry trees. He had them milled. He stored them stickered in a barn on that property. They recently sold that property and had to move the cherry to this barn. They are all really straight boards and you can tell they took a lot of time stacking them right.

So… how much did he want? He has ALOT… so he was getting rid of it for .75 a bdft. And he was very well aware of how much the local mill sells it for.

We loaded up 100 bd ft. After seeing it loaded… it didn’t look like a lot. I told him I’d like to get more. He had been very generous in measuring. So I know I got more than 100 bd ft. When I told him I wanted more he said he hadn’t advertised it at all and that I was the only one that had called about it so far. He told me to go home and plane it down and work with it. He wanted to be sure I knew exactly what I was getting. And then I could come back and get as much as I wanted. He said that depending on how much I wanted… if I got a lot… he could give me an even better deal.

I took two of the shorter boards and put them in the planer. They look great! Most of them are 1” or more. They easily planed down over 3/4” before I got a good workable board. I left them a little more than 3/4” as someone on here suggested an will plane them down to 3/4” when I get ready to use them.

I think I got a great deal.

So… guess what I’m making my bedroom furniture out of now? LOL

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#1 posted 06-28-2013 06:15 PM

I would have tried to buy it all. Great score!

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#2 posted 06-28-2013 06:21 PM

Ohh hell yea, that’s gloat worthy Angie! Some nice wide board for the dresser and nightstand tops. Start doing youre homework on finishing that stuff. I know a lot of people use BLO so it doesn’t blotch on ya. Im sure youll have more than enough scraps to test on. Good luck on the build!

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#3 posted 06-28-2013 06:24 PM


Great score!

Beg, borrow or steal (ok, don’t steal…) enough cash to buy all he has. You will almost certainly never get a chance like this again.

Good Luck!

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#4 posted 06-28-2013 06:33 PM

A better deal than 75¢ bd. ft.??? WOW!

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#5 posted 06-28-2013 06:37 PM

Fantastic score. I would love to stumble onto something like that.

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#6 posted 06-28-2013 06:39 PM

She Score’s !!!!!

I am in the planning stage of making a Queen size bed myself, only I am thinking Walnut & curly,quilted,& birdseye Maple

Get all you can afford !!!

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#7 posted 06-28-2013 06:46 PM

Oh man! Why can’t a deal like this be over on my side of the planet?

I’ve been looking for this for a long time. Bummer for me. Great for you!

Be sure to get all you can! (You could resell what you don’t need and pay for all of it)

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#8 posted 06-28-2013 06:48 PM

Storage is a factor as well. Right now… I have all the storage I could possibly need. I have a large garage that’s sitting on the property at my work. Free for me to use as I please. I have some other lumber and the rest of my cherry stored there now. But… we may be moving locations in September. I wouldn’t have a place to take it then. On the other hand… It’s such a good deal I don’t want to pass it up.

I also saw that he had some walnut on the trailer. Not as much. Maybe about 10 boards. He didn’t mention how much he wanted for that. I’m definitely getting more. Just got to figure out where I’d store it if we move.

This is my garage before I took over the cherry. The wood shown here was all free. A lot of it is thin cedar boards. But little did I know that there was some ash in there as well. And they were almost 1”. Most of the ash was 1” x 8” x 8 ’. It was not stored very well so it had some warping. But lots of good pieces.

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#9 posted 06-28-2013 06:49 PM

DS… good point. I could buy it all. Then if in Septemeber we end up moving… I could sell off what I can’t store. Hadn’t even thought of that. Guess I need to be calling this guy. :)

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#10 posted 06-28-2013 06:52 PM

Good for you! The rough pieces in the truck already look great. If you have the room to store it, I suggest you not miss out out this deal.

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#11 posted 06-28-2013 06:54 PM

What a find !

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#12 posted 06-28-2013 09:17 PM

I am impressed with your restraint. If I’d found cherry at $.75/bd.ft. that truck would have been loaded full enough that the mudflaps would be dragging. Awesome score!

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#13 posted 06-28-2013 09:27 PM

Wow, you always find great deals. Awesome score.

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#14 posted 06-28-2013 10:04 PM

Wait.. WHAT?? THis post is 4 hours old, theres been 278 views, only 13 replies and NO ONE has said it yet??

Well ALLOW ME to be the first to say.. this score gets you a big ol’



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#15 posted 06-28-2013 10:14 PM

I was trying to be considerate Joe…

I thought about saying YOU INHALE ANGIE!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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