Even though woodworking can be expensive, every once in a while you get a good deal. This is when it's time for a gloat post - like this one!
I saw an ad on Craigslist last week for some kiln-dried lumber. A few phone calls and a two hour drive later, and I was looking at tens of thousands of board feet of lumber being sold off by a now-closed flooring mill. Here is a picture from my cell phone of the mountains of lumber.
|Need 10,000 BF of Eastern White Pine? Here it is.|
My choice was Walnut, though. I have been designing some desks for our home office, and they will look great made of a nice Walnut. The seller had some 4/4 walnut that was graded #1 Common, which means there are more defects allowed than the nicer FAS grade. For my purposes, this stuff will be just fine.
Street price in the Atlanta area for 4/4 FAS Walnut is around $7 per BF for hobbyist quantities. Even though the Craigslist lumber was a lower grade than FAS, the price was much lower also. At $2 per Board foot, I took all that my truck could carry. This is what 500 Board Feet of walnut look like.
|There was a mix of 8ft and 6ft boards.|
After a purge of useless scraps, I made sure that the rack was level and ready for the Walnut. You can see in the picture below that my longer boards are stored over the top of my plywood cart. Details on the plywood cart are available at this post on the blog.
|Lumber storage area of the shop. Who needs a window anyway?|
|Stacked as high as it would go, I could store only 120 Board Feet|
Ever get a good deal? Want to gloat about it? Let's hear about it in the comments.