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Offline EIEIO

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"Scrap" Hardwood
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:03:56 PM »
I stopped at a local cabinet maker in town to ask him about the cut-off ends of boards from his operation. For $100 he sold me a full-sized pickup bed (8'x6'x2') of end cuts that were cluttering his shop space. I went through it all today and found red and white oak, birch, cherry, maple, poplar, and black walnut. Most is 3/4", some 7/8", a few 1 1/2" (he keeps those 1 1/2" ends for something), and a few thinner (1/2" or 1/4"). Widths range from 4" to 16". A lot of the boards are over 3' long. I estimated the total at about 500 board-feet. I expect this will keep me going for a few years except where something special is needed.

I checked Menards - black walnut is $15/bd-ft & cherry is $20/bd-ft. So at $0.20/bd-ft this looks pretty good to me. Now I need to find things to make from lots of different dimensional lumber. I can see cherry,walnut, maple, and oak baskets, bowls, and boxes in my future.

Are there similar shops in your town? Might be worth a look.
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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 08:30:52 PM »
Wow! Way to go, nice find.
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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2013, 01:16:32 AM »
Between two cabinet shops and a hardwood flooring installer I have built a large stash of different woods.

Pays to stop in and introduce yourself.

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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 02:02:03 AM »
I keep meaning to go to the cabinet maker close to up but either forget or haven't got the time, BUT I will get there one day.


By the way congratulations on getting all of that hard wood EIEIO
« Last Edit: April 26, 2013, 02:03:38 AM by wombatie »

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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2013, 10:02:00 AM »
You saved enough money on that deal to buy a lunchbox planner.  Then you can make the projects any thickness you want.  Look around on Craigslist and you could probably find one for $200.
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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2013, 09:37:12 AM »
I have a cabinet shop near me that gives me all his scraps for free.  Hardwood and plywood.


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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 10:29:11 PM »
What a great idea...ill be stopping by the one in my town and intruducing myself....


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Re: "Scrap" Hardwood
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 10:44:34 PM »
I've often wondered what they do with Old Cabinets that they remove.   I bet there is a lot of Oak and Cherry removed.    Maybe they resurface them and sell them again.   I bet I could make something neat from the face or sides of an old kitchen cabinet.