Our friends and neighbors Peter and Laura are avid yard-sale-ors . So on weekends they like to hit any yard sales that pop up in our neighborhood . At one place, four houses away from us they spotted some big lengths of used butcher block counter top , and came over to let me know . I wasted no time and for the price of one dead Benjamin I bought all that the fellow had .
A solid thirty two wide by twenty five inch deep piece
And a nine foot length with a sink cut out, and a bad end that was in rough shape breaking apart at the glue joints from water damage .
After cutting off the back splash and the sink cut-out together with the damaged end , I was left with a good fifty two inch length . And even the short twenty two inch damaged piece can be glued back together and cleaned up . If I were to buy this much butcher block new I'd be in to at least six hundred dollars . Never mind all the work involved in building it as I learned recently , just buying the Rock Maple for this I'd be in to at least two hundred dollars .
Then we went to see my parents and came away the the usual garden veggie load and a nice 242-B model Coleman gas lantern dad no longer had any use for as they have a nice new stand-by generator . A quick search on Flea-bay shows they go for as much as 200$
Built in Canada August of 1954
For comparison sake my 1970 vintage Kansas built model 200-A I saved from a dumpster I had on a job site about fifteen years ago .
Then on the way back home we stopped by a yard sale and scored a nice Coleman Peak camping stove for five dollars . . .
. . . to keep the rest of my Bunsen Burners company . The green Coleman 502 was another trash day road side find from when we used to live in Portland .