Woo Hoo! 2 scores at Home Depot in two days!
I love the Home Depot cull lumber bin. If not for their cull lumber, I would be stuggling a lot harder than I am to do what I want to do. But the past two days I got particularly good hauls from it...
Yesterday I got a bunch of 1x12x(roughly)3-4', enough to get two sides of a box cut off of it, with leftover wood for frame parts. 51 cents each... that makes the boxes $1.02 each to build (not counting nails and glue), with leftover wood to make a few frame parts... and unlike usual, this time the wood was straight, no warps, no cupping. I haven't cut it up yet because I had a little accident in the shop and nearly took my finger clean off when I was working with a chisel and slipped, so I was kinda taking it easy to give my finger a chance to heal, which it's doing faster than I would have thought it could. Anyway, I picked up enough cull lumber to make 3 boxes, so I figure I saved more than $20 on that deal.
Today I got another big score, 2x10x(roughly)4', enough to cut two top bars plus a side bar from lengthwise, which is exactly what I did today since my finger is healing so well and feels so much better today. I picked up 6 of those boards today for again, 51 cents each, and they are all straight as an arrow. So I have $3.03 cents in this wood today, and I just got done cutting the top bars to the right dimensions... after being really picky and only chosing the pieces that had no knots in them for the top bars, I still got 60 top bars out of it, and I'll probably get that many if not more end bars. Now I figure each frame costs about $75 cents to order in bulk after the shipping costs are added in... and the top bar being the largest piece requiring the most wood I figure that piece alone is probably a 25 cent piece, while the other three pieces split the remaining 50 cents something like 18 cents apiece for the sides and 14 cents for the bottom. So by that I figure by the top bars alone I saved around $12, and once I cut the side pieces, provided I get 60 of them, I will have saved around $23!
Alright I admit it's not quite striking it rich, but anytime I can get enough cull lumber to save more than $20 in hive parts, I consider it a good day. Two days in a row, that's rare, and it sure beats sitting around doing nothing on my days off.
If you can read this, you've got better eyesight than I do.