where do I sell lumber

by Thomas
(Canada)

Q: I have lumber that I want to sell, but I don't know who to call. How can I go about selling it?


A: I'd recommend an add in your local paper, and/or an online site like Craig's list or EBay.
You can also try calling your local lumber yard to see about prices.

You can find out about how wood is priced on this page: Lumber rating and Sizes.

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about camphor wood

Q: Is camphor wood injurious to your health, either when doing the actual woodworking or when using the wood in the form of a bed?

A: Camphor is toxic in large quantities, however in small doses it is used medicinally as well as in cooking.

I've never heard about it causing problems for woodworkers whether when working with it or when using the finished project.

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proper wood care

by Dale
(Florida)

Q: I have found some very weathered pine in Florida. It still has strong pine tar smell. How should it be cared for to turn bowls or make trivets? Is it worth it?

A: The wood could well be worth using as long as it isn't rotted or overly warped or split. Keep it in your shop for a week or two before using to acclimate it to your shop humidity.

You can work it as you would normally, just check carefully to make sure it doesn't have nails in it. Using a jointer or hand plane clean off one surface to see what the wood looks like. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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tips on milling hardwood from logs

by Duncan K

Q: I have several plum and apple trees with around 15 four foot straight lengths of 8" or more in diameter and I plan to quarter saw them.

How long do you need to season the wood for before it should be milled? Or is better to cut it and dry it as planks? All the wood was recently cut during the winter.

A: In my experience it is better to mill it and then let it dry. Depending on where you live (how dry or humid it is) wood can take a year per inch to dry, so cutting it first makes it useable much more quickly. I recommend cutting it oversize to take shrinkage into account.

You will also need to stack it carefully. Use stickers between boards to allow for plenty of airflow. If you paint the ends of the boards that will help prevent splitting. You can cover the pile to keep the rain off, but don't make it airtight, you want lots of air flow in and around the boards.

For more information you can check out this page to learn more about the different characteristics of wood.

Have fun.
Kate

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