Rusthunting and snowstorms and wood-oh my


The garage sale season has started anew and I have a few nice finds to show for it. Saturday’s first stop was an estate sale advertising woodworking tools. But only a vegetarian cookbook for a buck was worth bringing home.

Still bleary-eyed from getting up at 6:30 on a weekend, I activated Plan B. That meant driving 40 minutes to an out-of-the-way locale to pick over “the estate of a woodworker.” Apparently, this was the second weekend of the sale. “You should have been here a week ago because the power tools are all gone,” said the gray-bearded man running the sale. I could use a bandsaw, but there’s no hurry. When the fates are ready to provide, one will appear.

The handtool pickings were slim too, but I did find this 19th century Harvey Peace saw buried beneath a gaggle of late-model saws.

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The real treasure however, and what motivated me to drive into a blowing snowstorm, was the wood. Out of an amazing variety of timber, I culled out 36 board feet of walnut, pecan, birdseye maple, oak, cherry, willow and what looks like butternut.

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Even ended picking up some walnut burl and maple burl veneer.

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That will come in handy for the chessboard on my project list.

I paid $55 for the lot—saw, lumber and veneer. It works out to about $1.55/bf. Or about 18% of what I calculated would be retail.

With my wood stores replenished, I’ve already started to use it. Among the boards was this really nice cut-off piece of crotch walnut.

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It is now this mitersaw handle. That kind of grain makes o-dark-thirty Saturday mornings worth the effort.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.

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About The Write Biz

By day, I'm a mild-mannered copywriter who harnesses frontal-lobe creativity (right brain) to help B2B marketers generate leads and sales. By night I pick up hand tools to create wooden masterpieces...and give my black lab Bella the "red dot" laser to chase after.
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2 Responses to Rusthunting and snowstorms and wood-oh my

  1. I have yet to find an estate sale, let alone one with woodworking mentioned in my neck of the world. That is a nice pile of wood in the back of your car.

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