Wood score- not unpacked yet

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All of a sudden I seem to have a wood storage issue.  My new shop area is just being set up.

Last week I regretted not buying some old Martin Guitar wood that I stumbled upon at a workshop clean out.  A couple emails over the week and today I got everything except a couple neatly stacked bundles of rosewood which went to a Ukelele maker.  I’ll find out who got that shortly.

I just semi split it up.  If its all decent, and I think most is, there is enough adirondack spruce for 15-17 full guitar tops. Probably enough mahogany for 5 to 10 backs, maybe some sides.  Plenty of rosewood, maybe some guitar size.  I’d be set if I wanted to try to make ukeleles or mandolins.  Plus a ton of small pieces of rosewood, a bunch of cherry, a bit of curly koa and some random oak.

I think this was a score.  I paid a few bucks each for the spruce and mahogany and rounded up to take everything else.  Probably helped that the shelf was a complete mess and it was hard to tell what was there.  Total cost for all of it would equal about 4 to 5 mid grade book matched spruce tops at current retail prices.

How do things like this fall in my lap? Sometimes I just think about something and it happens.  Like the anvil I was given after I thought about trying out blacksmithing for a few months.

All the wood is sitting in the shop acclimating, I was going sticker and weight the guitar size stuff in a built in cabinet. No Idea where I’m going to put the rest, but I have some thoughts.  Some of it is warped from poor storage, but I think may be able to be flattened.  Any suggestions welcome.

I’ll post pics when there is better light.

Trunk full o’ cedar

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Drove down to NC to visit my best friend and his girl for a few days. Another friend and his wife live about 30 minutes away. Stopped by there for a visit yesterday. He gave me a trunk full of local cedar. Not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. There are some decent size boards in there. He also gave me a couple different cacti pads, one from a big prickly pear. Looking forward to trying to grow those at home.
Had a fantastic pork cheek BBQ sandwich. And local rabbit sausage which I tried unsuccessfully to purchase.
I predict the 8 hour drive home in a couple days will have lower gas mileage but smell pretty good.

Buyers remorse, or remorse that I didn’t buy more

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Bonehead move (or this is why I hate shopping)…

Went to a friend’s neighbors today because they were selling the contents of her father’s wood shop.  Thought I was in for some cool tools.  There were nice tools, but nothing special, and they researched well and prices were a bit high for the things that I didn’t already have.

They had his wood storage room appraised and wanted a few thousand for it, which may have been worth it to someone who builds and sells furniture.  But I noticed a shelf off to the side stacked with thin pieces.  I asked about it and they said “oh, they came from the Martin Guitar factory”.  I guess he knew someone who worked there and they appear to be seconds.

To make my long story short, she had no idea what to ask for them.  I’m a horrible shopper and certainly bad at making an offer on something like that.  I was a bit overwhelmed.  So I only left with a pair of 8.25” x 21.5” spruce top boards and a two pair of sides (not sure on the wood) for a few bucks to take home and research.  They may be seconds to Martin, but 75% would probably work for me.  There were probably 60 or so spruce tops (8.25” x 21.5”), some full mahogany backs, and a stack of exotics which were a bit narrow at 6” wide x 21.5” long, all about 1/8” thick.  Plus tons of random sizes and species.

I feel like a dumb ass right after I left.  I emailed to see if I could pick up more next week and to see what she would want for the entire shelf.  We will see.

Xmas gifts

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Last minute Xmas stuff today…

Turned a rough pencil holder/thingy for my grandfather.  I think its locust.  Found it when I cut an old apple tree earlier this year.  It has some weird anomalies where the branches met the trunk.  Seems like there were a bunch of similar downed trees in that area.  This piece doesn’t have a noticeable anomaly, I just used a plain section.  Turned the top and bottom.  Wire brushed and sealed the rough part.  Drying overnight.  Just in time!  I made a piece from an abnormal section, which I’ll post later.  Its a gift for someone who looks at my tumblr page often.

Also roasted 6 batches of coffee on the stove top as last minute presents.  That’s enough to make me seriously consider starting my roaster build.

And I had time to work on a secondary bench for my new shop.  I’ll post a few pics of that later…

Happy holidays if you like that kind of thing!

I got wood at a christmas party. Not as bad as it sounds. Its mahogany.

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Went to a Christmas (or Christpocalypse) party last night at a friends house.  It’s about an hour and a half drive, so thankfully they had a spare room for me, especially knowing the quality of his home brews.  A few months ago … Continue reading

Log milling fixture for bandsaw

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Yes another wood post… Devised a fixture for cutting lumber on the bandsaw.  Built it last week and finished when the t-slots arrived yesterday.  Its basically a table that attaches to the band saw, with a sled that runs in … Continue reading