I’ll just call this what it is – a big time gloat. I recently went to Woodland tree service in search of cherry worthy of my current dresser project. While looking for the cherry I saw a pile of really wide boards. Turns out they were cypress and at least 22inches wide. I inquired on the price and after a bit of negotiation I decided that I needed a few of them. How much? $40 per board for 22in wide, 6ft long, 5/4 thick. You can do the math and see this was a great buy. So, I did what any reasonable person would, I bought 7 of them.
Sure, I have a small truck – but these boards really fill it up!
What am I going to make? Whatever I want, naturally. I expect that one board (with the most defects) will be cut into drawer sides/backs. The rest will either be a nice tool chest or maybe a 6 board chest for the house. This is officially the widest lumber that I have ever purchased and I am really excited to see how it will work out.
Why buy boards this wide? Isn’t that just a hassle? Not with hand planes. With hand planes it is much easier to plane one wide board flat and smooth than to join up multiple boards (in my opinion).
FYI – They had several more boards. If you live near Memphis I suggest you pick up at least a few.