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I'm looking for sources in Southern New England (Conn., R.I., cental Ma.)for about 50 bd.ft. of air dried white oak for steam bending. Anyone have recommendations? (Target price ~ $2.00 bd.ft.) Thanks. smile.gif
06-05-2003, 10:23 PM
How long do the planks need to be?
I probably have what you need if it's under 12 feet long....
About 10' would more than do it. I'm getting ready to re-rib my Jersey speed skiff (16'x 6' beam lapstrake inboard). I will be looking for 20+ ribs 7/8" X 3/4".
06-05-2003, 11:02 PM
How'd ya like to pound a few rivets ? ;)
What'cha got going on with rivets Jack? I'm about to go buy a bunch myself.
06-06-2003, 07:31 AM
SSSSSHHHHH! Jack, Nedl doesn't know about the "rivet trap"! Be very, very quiet....
Yeah I've got that oak. Stop on by and make sure you have an extra hour or two....( picking oak boards is very time consuming!) :D
This weekend is not good for me :( I'll be in touch.
06-07-2003, 05:51 PM
I'll jinx us by bragging for sure, but we're at my mother's in North Alabama and this morning Dave set out just stopping at gas stations and asking for sawmills. Since 9 a.m. he scored four 8-quarter boards at .55 board foot. Total for the four boards was $25. I'm in the van looking over my shoulder at the huge boards and I hear Dave ask the guy how much. Guy says $24 something. I think I must of misheard and must be $124, but Dave hands him $25, they shake hands and we drive away. Absolutely criminally cheap. Brought that back to the house and unloaded it (we're in a rented minivan) and went and picked up a 6' x 12" x 16" from another sawmill for the stern knee. $104
Anyway, we deserve a jinx - that's just too much wood for too little money. (I made Dave tip the guy that sold us the 5' piece. I'm pretty sure you don't normally tip sawmill operators, but this is just too much wood for too little money redface.gif ) and the guy did a spectacular job of forklifting the chunk into the back of the van. (and me with no camera)
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06-07-2003, 08:15 PM
Windsor Forrest products in Rhode Island has always had nice white oak at low prices. Probably the lowest I have ever seen.
06-07-2003, 11:26 PM
(I made Dave tip the guy that sold us the 5' piece. I'm pretty sure you don't normally tip sawmill operators, but this is just too much wood for too little money )
Thats 20 BF for $104.00? That comes out to $5.00 per BF for green White Oak? I guess prices must be somewhat higher down south.....
06-08-2003, 09:40 AM
6' x 12" x 16" for the stern knee. Approx. 500 lb. chunk. for .21 cents per pound :eek:
96 bf @ $1.00. = $96.00 plus tax. And that was taking the best section of the log, cut about 2 feet off of each end so we could get it in the van. Will have to bring the dual axle trailer on the next trip up.
We're now driving a lowrider Windstar minivan. Doubt the folks at the rent-a-car place will rent to us again. :D
Dave located a piece large enough in Alachua, Florida, but the guy wanted $860 for it. Dave's already been back to the guy here and talked to him about the angle of the cut we'd need for the dead wood and it looks like we may replace that too. Does it ever end???
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06-08-2003, 06:17 PM
Thompson's Native Lumber in Hopkinton/Ashaway(?) RI saws both oaks and usually has some lifts of select set aside for about $1.50/BF. They are concerned mostly with big orders, but will let you pick the ones you like if you restack the lifts.
06-08-2003, 09:28 PM
Yeah, I was about to suggest Thompson's in Hopkinton...
Never got my wood there (I'm building a plywood - and - poplar dinghy), but my family's boatyard gets their wood there, and they have good things to say about Thompson's Native Lumber.
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