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    12/4 American Chestnut for sale - very large piece

    I recently acquired some large slabs of American chestnut, I would like to sell one piece from this lot that is too large for me to use, rather than cut it down into smaller pieces I think it should be put out there for others to purchase and perhaps use in itís full scale.

    Purchase price equates to $5/BF which calculates out to $235. Cheap as chips for a board like this.

    The Board is 12/4 x 19" x 120". It is currently a full 3" thick. The previous owner cut one mortise into it which is why it is not being sold for $15-$20/bf which is the going rate for wood of this size, quality and rarity.

    No shipping will be arranged, you pick up.

    I plan to use the remainder to make a bench

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    Wow! I'm floored just seeing a pic of an American chestnut plank that size! I guess this will go QUICK!!
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    PM sent.
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    Nice example of a rare slab. You should show the mortise location/size.

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    Sold pending payment,
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    I hate I missed it. I've been looking for that board for several years to make a repair on an 18th Century church door.

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    So Brian, what kind of workbench are you building with the rest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    I hate I missed it. I've been looking for that board for several years to make a repair on an 18th Century church door.
    Tom, if you want to use the boards I wanted to keep for myself, I’d let them go for the same price/bf given that they would be better served as church doors than as a workbench. One is 8.75” wide, the other 6” wide, 3” thick 117” long rift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Fretwell View Post
    So Brian, what kind of workbench are you building with the rest?
    Roubo, I basically just want a planing beam with legs.
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    That is very useful, the take off table for my table saw is 10 ft long, it served well with a stop at one end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Holcombe View Post
    Tom, if you want to use the boards I wanted to keep for myself, I’d let them go for the same price/bf given that they would be better served as church doors than as a workbench. One is 8.75” wide, the other 6” wide, 3” thick 117” long rift.
    Thanks, not so much a Chestnut board (doors are painted), but to finish at 1-3/8" thick, 18" wide, and old and stable enough for a three foot unsupported Gothic arch point at the top. One of the original pair stayed true, and the other bowed enough at that top point to matter. So far, two slabs I've bought for it have bowed when they were resawn too much to use for that purpose.

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    Sounds like a perfect job for a slab of mahogany.
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    One of the slabs I resawed was supposedly Honduras Mahogany, but it bowed too much too. I think it had been kiln dried. Since posting this, I've been offered a piece of Maple that supposedly has been air drying for over 4 decades, so we'll see how it turns out. My to-do list is a bit out of control anyway, especially since I announced that I was not taking on any more work for the rest of my life.

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    Glad that you found something that will work.
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