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Cedar Planks Value

The add below is on Craigs list. Price is $125.00 OBO

I have 4 beautiful cedar boards that are about 1" thick, full 12" wide, and 17' 4" long. (rough cut) These boards are at least 50 years old. I have never seen any like this before. They are straight and no warpage and never in the weather. One of the boards has about a 5' split . I was going to make something out of them, but couldn't bare to cut them. I've had them 20 years. If you have a love for beautiful wood I will take $125.00 ,obo.

I want to build my son a table for his porch. Would this be a good buy?

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I usually say, if it is worth it to you then go for it. Sight unseen when buying/pricing lumber is a big factor though, it could be great...or junk. If it is decent (and I did my math right ) you are looking at $1.75 bft approx. That is not totally out of line in my opinion. Not that you couldn't get it cheaper maybe...but some pay much more too.

See how far a $100 bill gets you, he did say OBO.
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Thanks Daren. I believe I'll go for it.

As always, appreciate the help I get here

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It has been my experience, both as a seller and buyer on craigslist, that the asking price is usually marked up a little from what the seller is expecting to get for the item, just to see if someone will pay it. Like Daren said, don't be afraid to haggle a bit, reasonably of course. Can't wait to see this porch table
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Around here, rough cut cedar wil run you about $2.00 bf and up. (way up depending on who has it)

It sounds like nice lumber. I'd probably grab it,....... especially if I had a use for it

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$2 a foot not a bad deal, especially for being dry. I would look at the 5' with the split and maybe factor that out of the cost, depending on how bad it is. Hard to give a number sight unseen, but I would definitely look into it if around here.
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Any unseen lumber that is unusual and less than one month's rent is worth it in entertainment value at a minimum. Imagine the adoring look on your wife's face when you tell her how much time it will keep you out of the house! Be sure to log any domestic events for at least two weeks after your treasure shows up. Most relationships that have one partner as a woodworker requires the other to have a forgiving, sacrificial heart. But they really dig it when you bring in that newly created project for the first time and present it to the other half.... besides how else is she going to get a 17'4" tall butterfly house?? What a great find... have a ball!! Oh, by the way... would you be interested in some spalted cherry boards about 15 years old 16" wide x 14' long??? I haven't been able to find the time to make that hutch yet.
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Any unseen lumber that is unusual and less than one month's rent is worth it in entertainment value at a minimum. Imagine the adoring look on your wife's face when you tell her how much time it will keep you out of the house! Be sure to log any domestic events for at least two weeks after your treasure shows up. Most relationships that have one partner as a woodworker requires the other to have a forgiving, sacrificial heart. But they really dig it when you bring in that newly created project for the first time and present it to the other half.... besides how else is she going to get a 17'4" tall butterfly house?? What a great find... have a ball!! Oh, by the way... would you be interested in some spalted cherry boards about 15 years old 16" wide x 14' long??? I haven't been able to find the time to make that hutch yet.
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