A friend who lives a couple of hours from us sent an email Wednesday asking if I wanted his Walnut, Maple, and Mahogany scraps for cutting boards. He builds very nice custom furniture and guitars, about 55 so far. Anyway, he said if I didn't want the scraps they would go in his burn pile. I haven't seen him in 6 months or so and wouldn't mind the drive but since I had a ton to do today I asked if he could give me an idea of the amount of scraps he was talking about. He sent some photos and said most were 4/4 36" or so but would be great for what I'm doing. We figured, why not, our stuff will wait and Sandy and I would enjoy the drive.
These are the photos he sent and said I could thin out the two bins inside his wood storage building (his wood storage building is probably 20' x 50', his shop must be 3,000 sq. ft, maybe more, climate controlled, and with a finishing room he can drive his van into for loading furniture - finishing room is also climate controlled - all of this at his house)
In the truck when we got home - they multiplied! He helped me clean out both bins, insisted it was all going to be burned. Substantially longer than 36", I'd say. Also, about 20% of this is 8/4 Mahogany and Walnut, some 6/4. Didn't see a knot, absolutely nail/fastener free, and only a couple of pieces with splits. No idea how many cutting boards this will make.
In the family room - no room in our shop, making a space in our drying room (daughter's old bedroom).
This is the pile we put in the drying room -
End shot of the stack -
Overall shot -
4/4 Figured Mahogany, about 8" wide, 40+" long -
Anyway, I guess cutting boards will occupy most of my time for a while.