how much wood do you have/keep on hand measured in months or years
not board feet or tonnage
alright not even in cordage
was fishing through all my wood looking for just the right pieces
and realized i probably have a solid year's worth of wood for making
that is probably a low ball
but i have to make sure i always have wood for things
i have taken wood and made nice things that 95% of non-woodworkers
would throw out or use for firewood
it is fun to chuck up some god awful scrap into the lathe and see
what becomes of it
the relatives were practically fighting over a manzanita vase
i rescued it from a fire pit in the early hours
it was so hard it didn't smolder and turn to ash like everything
it is the only burnt wood i have turned
i am not sure if they liked the stry behind the vase or the vase more
I have some wood that is over 50 years in my holding. Still curing.
I have some Bois D'arc (Horse Apple) less but nearly that time. It was
Turned from a limb and left in rough cylinder awaiting drying and a
task. The other wood was Iron Wood from the South Pacific.
Lots of this and that. I'm into metal as well, have exotic and common
steel and Al, Cu, Bronze, Nickel and Stainless Steel.
I have double of the trouble...
On 5/16/2015 10:29 PM, Electric Comet wrote:
Cherry is my favorite wood to work - it's hard and tight-
grained, so makes nice edges and profiles, but at the same
time it's not so hard that working with hand tools is
painful. Plus it finishes up beautifully with a little
linseed oil to bring out the color.
Walnut has similar properties, but the dust from cutting
or sanding it irritates me (it's a known lung irritant),
so I don't hardly ever use it.
I agree, walnut (and cherry) is beautiful and a joy to work with.
I've 25bf of dalbergia nigra that I'm holding for just the perfect
project. I've been holding it since the early 80's, and it
is not possible to acquire more.
I especially like working with walnut, and looking at a walnut project
when completed but I absolutely don't enjoy that it is so soft when a
project is completed. Walnut furniture is much more sustainable to
dents and dings than furniture made with a harder wood like oak.
No big deal. When they tore down the elementary school my elder brother
attended (he was 90 a couple of days ago) all the structural beams were
solid walnut. The school was probably built circa 1880-1895. Indiana.
That depends on the project.
I have wood for about 3 to 4 years, but one project can exhaust one type
of wood b4 I am done with the project.
I had 100bd ft of white oak,
75 of maple
25 of cherry
30 of walnut
20 of aromatic cedar
25 of poplar
30 of pine
next thing I knew I was down to 5 bd ft of white oak, cleared out the
maple and poplar... so you never know.
it's project based.
you ever do a project just based on stock at hand
i am in that mode
no one has come to me with a commission and i think that i like it that
of course if someone did i would probably stunned
i am going to try to exhaust what i have and when it gets low i will
get a little more based on what generated interest
On Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:33:42 PM UTC-5, Electric Comet wrote:
For me, that's a loaded/odd question, in that, my circumstances are not lik
ely the same as with others, here.
Probably/Maybe, unlike many of you, I have/I've made the space for storing
my cache. Since high school, I've salvaged lumber from many sources, not
that I had a project or some projects in mind, but that I saw the aesthetic
value of old lumber (and also old bottles, old furniture/pie safes/cupboar
ds, old tools, old architectural hardware & certain trims/corbels/features,
etc.). I salvaged & collected when & while the opportunity was good....
and convenient. In the past, my collecting, also, consisted of unusual st
umps, root balls, limbs, conks (burls), driftwood and other natural forms.
I did do lots of projects with what I collected, as I collected. I didn't
just "collect"! The cache grew faster than I could use it. I'm lucky t
o have or to have made the space to store it.
Most of the salvaged lumber came from old houses, barns, etc., many of thos
e originally built in the 1800s. I've salvaged many hurricane-downed tree
s and had them milled.... I disliked seeing all those trees/logs hauled to
the landfill, so I rescued selected ones. The latest walnut trees, I've
had milled, was salvaged from some land-clearing, at the farm. A salvaged
cypress scab (side of an old sinker log), about 16" thick, 6' wide, 23' lo
ng) was milled for door & window facings. About 5 yrs ago, I inherited a
generous cache of lumber. I probably salvaged 50% to 60% of the construct
ion supplies (among other goodies), from local construction job dumpsters,
for remodeling my shop, .... *I collected more than enough 5/8 decking to r
e-deck the whole shop roof, about 900 sq ft!
These days, after all that work, collecting, I'm almost too tired and lazy
to get out there and do some projects. I usually calculate what's needed,
for a project, then get the nephews to come in and do the muscle work, etc
. I do most of the "fine"/patient-required/skilled detailed work, that th
e nephews don't have the patience and/or skills (yet) to do..... *not that
I have great skills, to brag about.
I've never calculated, but I estimate 30K bd ft: Of cypress, walnut, white
-red-live oak, red maple, cherry, pecan, ER cedar, Spanish cedar.... should
last me/us a few years.
I can't recall the last time I bought lumber for a specific (hobby/"domesti
c") project. I have bought shop remodel/construction supplies: T1-11 sidi
ng, facia boards, 1/2" CDX (for the interior sub-walls), 2X10s for making b
eams, and the like. I have a standby cache of 3/4" cabinet ply, some 1/2"
CDX and some 1/4" & 3/8" luan, for whenever/whatever(?) needed.
I improvise with project design(s), also, and some of my projects have impr
essed folks, as well, probably similarly as with your fire pit vase.
Simple answer -- never enough. I probably have less than 50BF on hand at a
ny one time. Mostly a factor of space. One thing I've learned -- keep the
scraps. I always seem to have a little project that calls for a few piece
s out of the scrap bins. Just completed a 3-bottle wine rack from a couple
of odd pieces of hard rock maple and walnut.
On Monday, May 18, 2015 at 11:25:41 AM UTC-4, Sonny wrote:
ikely the same as with others, here.
g my cache.
tic") project. I have bought shop remodel/construction supplies: T1-11 si
ding, facia boards, 1/2" CDX (for the interior sub-walls), 2X10s for making
beams, and the like. I have a standby cache of 3/4" cabinet ply, some 1/
2" CDX and some 1/4" & 3/8" luan, for whenever/whatever(?) needed.
So, if I'm reading this correctly, the only wood you've bought is the wood
required to build the storage space for the wood that you got for free. ;-)
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 11:01:54 AM UTC-5, DerbyDad03 wrote:
d required to build the storage space for the wood that you got for free. ;
No. For hobby type projects or projects for friends and relatives, I haven
't had to buy lumber in years. I've used what I had, from salvaging and so
me from the inherited cache. The only lumber I've bought in the past 5-7
(maybe more) years was supplies for remodeling the shop, that the salvaged
stock wouldn't accommodate.
Like this morning, Jonas and I began making a coffee table (cypress salvage
), for Jonas' friend's camp.
My storage facilities are a barn and several sheds, some of which were alre
ady in place since my grandparents' days. When we salvaged that old hous
e from the farm, I built an overhang on the back side of my shop, to store
some of it.... some of this lumber (beams and big stuff) is still on saw ho
rses, behind the barn.... we haven't pulled the nails, yet. All the other
facilities are just about full, or have no convenient space.
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