I braved the subzero temps this AM to get my spoken for heap o cherry
lumber. After 138 miles I arrived at the farm, paid for my booty and loaded
it up. I loaded the thicker pieces first between the driver's passengers
seat(8 ft +/- a couple inches) then filled in the sides(6 ft +/- a couple
inched) with 4/4 stock. The top layer is the cut offs. How about one of you
lumber experts give me a guess of how many board ft that I got? I feel that
I got a great deal approaching gloat worthy. Please confirm that this is a
Pictures of the van load on ABPW
8 hours later.... I have a really good understanding of my table saw, new
jointer, and new planer. I also need to get a dust mask, cause I can make
cherry wood filler from my nose.
And the winner is? I don't remember who guessed closest to ~400 board feet
raw. I stopped by the local scale and weighted my van loaded and then
unloaded it. Back to the scale to get a load of firewood for the shop. Going
to need heat to make boards. A difference of ~1200 lbs, no wonder the van
drove like a drunk pig. Took a piece into the kitchen and weighted it. About
3 lbs a board foot.
Since the seller posted this originally on the wreck:
mother-in-law to get out there and help you. 1 pickup load should take it
Mike Schwarz: It cleaned up to ~290 board feet. Do you remember the three
wide pieces that had the large knot hole in them. I sold them to a local
college prof who makes "Medieval lutes". Whatever they are? He is a little
wierd but said he would expense it to Bradley U. He was thrilled to get them
and covered $210 of my out lay after I sawed, jointed, and planed them. He
even let me keep the cut offs.
Finally cost: $250(for the wood) + $20(gas) + $6(breakfast) + $7(lunch) +
$8(firewood for stove) + $10(electric & etc.) - $210(Medieval lutes) = $91
$91 for 266 board feet of clean up, ready to use cherry. That would make it
about $0.34 a board foot.
PS There were three frozen walnuts on that hay rack. I wonder if there is
any of it in a barn?
Good thing you didn't have to drive at night - your headlights would have
been shining a bit high.
Took a piece into the kitchen and weighted it. About
I usually figure air dried to be closer to 4#/BF
FYI wreckers.... I've been told that Chef did not ask my MIL to go out in
damn cold weather to help load the wood.
Yes - I almost cut them up for kindling, but after I found the second one I
threw them off to the side. Then I found the 3rd one and figured somebody
may like them. I thought they would make a nice outhouse seat, but who
need 3 of them :) (My MIL likes her fireplace and 4/4 #3 common cherry
makes for a great firestarter.)
I sold them to a local
Allright... It's official now. YOU SUCK! Looks like you made a silk purse
out of a sows ear on that one.
Sorry - a few years back my Father-in -law and I planted about 1000 acorns
on the farm. The next year we were going to do walnuts. My mom has about a
dozen big walnut trees in her yard that give up a truck load of walnuts each
fall, which I took out to the farm to plant. Along came kidney cancer and
the walnuts were soon forgotten about and they sat on the hayrack until the
bags biodegraded around them. Any other pieces of wood on the farm are
saved for me so I can someday build something for my kids and tell them the
wood came from Grandpa Lee's.
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