LITTLE GLOAT! A trip to the YARD! longish...

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Sose i decided it's time to build a "proper" workbench. The old laminate counter top and Z-vise have served me well, but as my woodworking skills expand, so has the need to upgrade the bench. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of lumberyards within a few miles of home. My "regular" guy has a good inventory and good prices on furniture grade wood, but, like most, usually doesn't have much over 4/4. I can request it, but it takes several months for him to saw it and run it through the kiln. I really don't want to wait that long for stock thick enough to build a bench, so Plan B.... The other lumberyard is mainly into producing large wood. Railroad ties, logs for log cabins, pallet wood, etc. They have no kiln, and therefore no furniture grade wood. I've bought wood from them in the past for some outdoor stuff, and they have always been able to accomodate. This yard is by no means a "retail establishment". To get to the point to where you can talk to someone, you'll need a 4x4 and a good waterproof pair of boots. Finally i approached John, he's the "young guy" of the two at 76 years old. Like usual, he was standing next to that old band mill sawing a large hickory log. Man, that old dude can throw cants off that line that made me tired and sore just watching him (....and I'm 34 and hump framing lumber around all day long!!!) Amazing.... Anyway, over the buzzzz of the band mill, I yelled at him an inquiry about some thicker stock to build a bench with. After a short yelling match, he sent me over to the barn to talk to the "senior partner". He's is 82, and a little hard of hearing. I tell him what I'm looking for. And tell him again. He says "well, i got some Bur Oak I sawed up for a guy about 10 years ago, I don't reckon he's gonna come after it now. See that big stack back in the corner?" After moving many old car parts, and assorted busted farm machinery, I got my first good look at the pile. He's got probably 1000 BF of 12/4 bur oak beams, 8-10 ft long. Some measured 23" wide! I picked through the top of the stack, which was about 10' high, and only had to throw 4 of those mosters off to the side to get to some good straight ones. I had loaded 8 beams, ranging from 9" to 16" wide on the truck when i decided I had enough. The senior partner grabbed his measuring stick and figured up i had 90 bdft loaded. He then says "why don't you just take those ones you threw off to the side to, that way, we don't have to put 'em back." I said "well, can you just figure out how much i owe ya before we load anymore, I'm not sure if i have enough money for what i have now" He says "just load em...I'll charge you for the 90ft" Anyway, to make this long story short, He charged me for 90 bd ft of bur oak @ $.60 , plus threw in another 30 bdft or so bringing the total to about 120bdft at a total cost of <get this.> $54. I promptly thanked him and headed home, grinning the whole way. --dave
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Ummm, you suck. But then, you know that. *Nice* score. jc
and.... 10 years worth of air drying? I'm guessing you got some pretty stable stock. Post pics of the bench.
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[snip]

YOU SUCK!
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Dave Jackson wrote:

Ya'll best be heading back and snappin' up the rest of that there burr oak. Smells a mite funny, but is stable and hard as heck.
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I'm pretty sure you suck, but can anyone please clarify what is "Bur" Oak?
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Please tell me you are close to Portland, Or?
Otherwise you suck.
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snipped-for-privacy@volcanomail.com wrote:

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/quercus/macrocarpa.htm
HEY!!! That's my wood from 10 years ago! j/k
YOU SUCK! I feel like I got ripped off now for getting 8/4 white oak for $1.00bf...
Seems to be the more I work with it the more I remember whiskey is aged in white oak casks. SS
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Dave Jackson wrote:

Man, I don't even know how people feel like they can get away with posting things like this. You don't even suck. Suck isn't nearly strong enough. You VACUUM, or something. I don't even know. I'm still reeling.
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I'm still trying to figure out how 8, 8-10' L x 12/4 T x 9-16" W beams = 90 BF. Should be about 225BF for the first 8.
-j

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On Fri, 04 Feb 2005 22:48:17 -0800, J wrote:

Yup. What really sucks is he doesn't even know how much he sucks! If we assume that each is 8' x 12" x 12/4 (to make the math easier) and he got 8 "good" ones and 4 "bad" ones, that's 288 bf total. So for $54 total, that's $0.1875 per bf. You probably can't buy fill dirt for $0.19 a "board foot".
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On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 01:15:17 -0500, Silvan

You ain't kidding. Spoken as someone who just paid $5.35/BF for cherry today. I'da got 10 BF for what he got 120.
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On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 02:31:34 +0000, Dave Jackson wrote:
<...>

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<<here it comes>>

<<let the suckage begin>>

<<you suck>>

<<like a Hoover>>

<<make that the gravity well of a gas giant>>

<<nope, like a black hole>>

*Thanked* him? For what you got away with, you should go back and offer to warsh his car, paint his house, and do his taxes.
Um, that lumber yard wouldn't be around St. Louis, would it? Just askin', no reason really...
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[snip Amazing Story (TM)]
Hm. My first one...and it's a doozy. Lemme see if I can get this one right...
You suck so much, I'm surprised that you haven't collapsed under your own suckitude into a black hole.
Jason
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That's ten to the minus six mm of Hg on the vacuum scale! Bugs explode at 10^-6!
BTW - if you take it off the stack and don't buy it YOU are supposed to restack it. Don't set a bad example for others. Don't want to piss off ANY sawyer - they're getting rare you know.
charlie b
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Charlie--- I would have been happy to restack the lumber for him. When he said "we won't have to restack it" he really meant that I won't have to restack it. The "senior partner" is somewhat frail looking and doubt he could have picked up any of those beams, and i certainly wouldn't have felt right leaving them for him to attempt it. --dave

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I'm going lumber hunting for a new bench today and had a wet dream about exactly the same thing last night.
nice score.

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Forgot to ask - on the outside chance that my dream was actually a premonition - was Monica Belluci by chance the office girl? If so so I have more quesitons.

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On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 08:41:26 -0500, Eric wrote:

Such as, was she covered in caviar? <http://www.esquire.com/covergallery/coverdetail.html?y 01&m=2>
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On Sat, 05 Feb 2005 07:56:52 -0600, the inscrutable Joe Wells

It makes a person almost want to learn to love caviar, doesn't it? That's one gorgeous caviar tray there, Esquire. Me? I'd cover her head to toe in dark chocolate and lick it all off.
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Larry Jaques wrote:


Um. No. I guess I'm getting old. It would NOT be worth eating a bunch of fish eggs to get to what's under that mess.
Chocolate, maybe, caviar, no way. Although chocolate would be bad for my assal fattalitis, and anyway, my wife would just cut my penis off anyway, so why bother? Sigh.
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