A couple of months ago I read on one of the WW forums of a contractor seeking pricing information on a project one of his clients wanted him to make. He wanted a 4'x8'x3" thick solid (all clear) teak cutting board (as large of pieces as possible, he'd pay a premium for it) for alongside his outdoor BBQ grill, one the contractor said he rarely used.
Such a rare and precious commodity and some a** wanted to show off to his friends (even though much of it would be hidden inside). The contractor asked "why solid, I can use another wood for the core and it will work just as well" and the a** said "Because I want it solid Teak."
Thinking about just how many beautiful things could have been made with all of that wood has stuck with me. People responded with 3x materials... I responded with "Tell 'em 10x materials and donate half of it to a replanting effort."
I haven't priced 100 bd ft of wide, clear, long teak but I'll wager that 5X that donated to the right place would get a bit of teak planted!
It still galls me!
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