I went to an auction today where there were thousands of board feet of home
cut pine. I had no real interest in it, but had to do something while
waiting for the woodworking equipment; so I watched.
One pile of reddish 8'x6" boards were about to go "no bid" (they would have
been added to the next lot for free) so I put a dollar on them. I figured
at that price they had to be good for something.
I just planed them. Curly Cherry. And not just curly cherry, but the curl
goes in perpendicular directions; would that be quilted? And for $0.05/bf.
Admittedly they plane to 5/8" (which might be why nobody wanted them, or
maybe it was the funny color) but still...
They are also odd for their color. Even after planing, they are the color
of cherry that has been exposed to light for several years. Is that just
because they are old and the color has somehow penetrated down? Certainly
makes them easier to match up.
They also had a pile of 2x6s there were purplish and heavy. No one got
excited about them and they went for a low price, so I figure it was some
non-commercial softwood that I was unfamiliar with. Geez, I wonder what
they were, and if I missed out on an even bigger gloat.
The equipment was a bust. A Grizzly 15" planer went for $100 less than
Grizzly's delivered price, and a crappy 30" long Craftsman jointer went for