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Forum topic by ccpenco posted 02-28-2009 10:02 AM 2308 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2009 10:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: money wood help trick question financial broke

i’m broke. plain as that. so right now i don’t have any good woods or anything to make my projects out of! any of you know some good ways to get extra cash quick?

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#1 posted 02-28-2009 12:33 PM

You could try offering your projects to others and getting them to put down 50% , you,re never too young to start in business, right?

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 02-28-2009 01:46 PM

I am broke too , I am so broke I started beg online in my blog
I started making projects from scraps and firewood , also can be seen in my blog.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 02-28-2009 04:35 PM

Keep an eye out in the industrial parts of town for pallets being thrown away. You have to take the time to remove all the nails, but a lot of pallets are made out of hardwood. I’ve seen some really nice projects from recycled pallets.

I think you mentioned that you are primarily a turner … if you make friends with the nearest cabinet company, they might let you dig through their scraps and cut-offs. A commercial cabinet company near me throws away thousands and thousands of feet of strips left over after the ripping process. Think of all the pens! The same company also has a cutoff bin outside which they allow people to dig through.

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#4 posted 02-28-2009 04:52 PM

You could always tear apart an old project you never wished you had built in the first place. LOL
I think we’re about to see woodworkers get a lot more creative because of this economy. I actually bought a rickety solid mahogany dining table at a flea market dirt cheap a few weeks ago. I plan on cutting it up.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 02-28-2009 05:03 PM

Visit your hardwood yard and see if they have cutoffs and scraps you can have for free. They may also have twisted or damaged pieces of hardwood that they sell at considerable discount or if they know you, may just give you a board.


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#6 posted 02-28-2009 05:12 PM

I have taken tree braches and made sticks and from them made little items. Each time I work the wood I feel I am learning or perfecting that which I know. Have you ever made a wood flute out of a dead branch without instructions? I made a spoon a week or so ago with a small piece of wood that was headed for my burn barrel and not because I needed a spoon but because I needed to work the wood. There are ways we can enjoy and learn untill we can afford to do what we want.

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

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 02-28-2009 06:03 PM

Beg congress for a bail out.

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#8 posted 02-28-2009 07:38 PM

You know I think i read somewhere that if the bailout money given to the big corporations would have been divided and given to every adult in the United States, that we would all get close to $500k, I may be wrong, but I think that would be one heck of a stimulus package, and I bet 90% of those people would buy new vehicles and items essentially saving the auto industry.

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 03-01-2009 02:50 AM

We have had over a foot of snow since midnight and I could use some help shoveling my driveway.

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#10 posted 03-01-2009 02:54 AM

We need to ask Martin if he applied for bailout money for us lumberjocks…......LOL

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

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#11 posted 03-01-2009 03:25 AM

Obama seems to be giving away the store. Get in line.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 03-01-2009 03:51 AM

Well, CessnaPilotBarry… you got me thinking about it, so I thought I would check my own calcs.
according to this blog here we are sitting at a total cost for the bailout of $4.6165 trillion dollars

According to Wikipedia, there are appx. 250 million adults over 18 in the US.
$4,616,500,000,000.00 divided by 250,000,000 = $18,466

ok, so $500k was a bit off, but hey, $18.5k would work too :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#13 posted 03-01-2009 05:48 AM

If we each got 18K, that should stimulate something! CCpenco, pallet piles are usually full of free wood. If worst comes to worst, I suppose you could flip hamburgers at the Golden Arches :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 06:01 AM

Now that is just selfish…taking money from the pockets of those poor bankers. How are they going to be able to afford those fancy new buildings and jet air planes with out a little help from the tax payers. After all the hard work our congressmen have gone to to make sure these poor “working” folk get their retirement and bonuses. What do you think we pay taxes for?

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#15 posted 03-01-2009 07:06 AM

If you knew how much free hardwood is available you would never buy wood again. Pallets are the #1 user of hardwood in the US. Look for electrical or plumbing supply companies. They get bundles of pipe that are separated by hardwood 3X3s. Another good source is companies that use sheet metal like HVAC contractors. They get the same kind of boards plus they get giant pallets usually 8’ long by 4’ wide. The stringers are 3”x4×8’ and the top boards are 1”x4”x4’ all hardwood. After a while they have to pay someone to haul them away. And then they get ground into mulch! Also commerical construction sites are littered with the same boards. I see oak 4×4s laying in mud, sticking out of dirt piles, getting run over by cement trucks, makes me sick. Now there is going to be some extra work involoved in this. Pulling twist nails out of oak aint easy. But I can tell you how its done if you want to try. Also none of this wood is dried. And of course this isnt A1 lumber they make it into skids for a reason, but there is still plenty of nice wood if you care to work with it. Now there is one final secret. Most of this stuff is cut from what is called the center cant of a tree. This part doesnt produce quality lumber thats why it is used for skids, BUT because it is the center of the tree you can always get quarter or rift sawn boards out of it depending how you resaw it.

-- skidiot northern illinois

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