Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wide Cherry Boards

Black-or wild-cherry trees do not like competition for sunlight from other trees.

Roy Underhill, The Woodwright's Shop, 1981



This morning I took a trip to a local Home Depot to see if I could find some nice Douglas fir to use in the rehabilitation of my old workbench. (More on that in other post!) I found only four boards that were really usable, I wanted more so I thought I would head over to Lowe's to check out their inventory.

On the way to Lowe's, I stopped at a local flea market to see what hard wood they had on hand, all I wanted to find was some nearly quarter sawn cherry for a guitar neck or two.

I walked back to the stacks of walnut, cherry and oak and when I saw what was there I knew I'd never get to Lowe's...


...this is what I found!

I have never run across cherry boards this wide here in Colorado.

The first one was fifteen inches wide, the second one, in the above photo, was sixteen inches...


...the third one was 18 inches wide! Another was at the very back of the stack that was 10 feet long! Now I wish I had taken the time to move the thirty or so boards that were in front of that one.

The gentleman who helped carry the boards to my trailer told me that he was a retired furniture maker and that I was very fortunate to find such wide boards at a great price. Each board was under sixty dollars.

When I spoke of my regret for not getting all the wide boards, he smiled and said,

"Come back in a couple of weeks, there will be more."

Yep, I'll go back!





3 comments:

  1. What's better is that it looks like those boards have had enough light exposure to show what is sap wood and what is not. The last time I bought Cherry, that difference didn't appear until some days after I brought them home.

    Nice fins!!!

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  2. Excellent find! I look forward to seeing what you do with the cherry in future projects.

    Would you be willing to share which flea market you found the boards at for us woodworkers in Colorado?

    Regards,
    Brad, Broomfield, CO

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    1. Thanks visiting my blog, Brad, but nope, mum's the word!

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