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Forum topic by Brent12 posted 05-14-2015 03:20 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-14-2015 03:20 AM

So I was at a local lumberyard a while back and the owner showed me some 16’ red oak trailer decking boards. They were really rough and about 15 years old, but they were almost 2” thick and 10” wide. He said he would sell them to me for 20$ a piece. I use my two car garage as a shop so I don’t have much space so I took one of the straightest ones and had him cut it into two 8 footers. It sat for a while, since I don’t have a planer or jointer, and I finally decided to see how much it would cost to get it milled into usable stock. Gave a company around the corner a call, they are a small shop that makes molding and doors and have the big 50hp machines to do it with, but apparently they will mill wood for folks too, and at $0.68/lf. I brought the two big boards and he said he could get me 4 s4s boards out of them about 6/4 5” wide @ 8ft. Well today has been a week, and he called to tell me one of his guys screwed up and misunderstood him. He crosscut them in half instead of ripping them in half, leaving 4 4’ boards. This was after they got a little bit of thickness surfacing. So, to make it up to me, he charged me 20$, gave me back my newly cut 4 footers (in better shape I might add), and then to top it off he gave me 4 8 foot 7/4 5-1/2” wide red oak boards s4s to make up for it. So 40 bucks in and I have A LOT of red oak. Now what to do with it, I didn’t even have a real reason for buying the 16 footer to begin with, it was just too good to pass up.

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 05:42 AM

Build a big heirloom tool chest, great use for red oak.

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 04:55 PM

I was thinking about making a chest, actually thinking about making one for the foot of my bed, but a tool chest would be nice.

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#3 posted 05-16-2015 08:46 PM

Sounds like you came out alright as long as you didn’t need 8’ stock

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#4 posted 05-17-2015 03:17 AM

Or, a tool chest for the foot of your bed.

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#5 posted 05-17-2015 10:20 PM

I can do something with the four foot boards, and I have bigger 8 footers than I would have originally got back since he gave the 8 footers for his employees mistake.
I think a tool chest for the foot of the bed will be perfect, wife’s opinion be damned.

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