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post #1 of 12 Old 03-28-2014, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I came accross an add for 1600bf of lumber on craigslist. Talked to the guy and he wants to sell the whole lot at $2 a bf.

The lot is made up of:
600 walnut
600 cypress
200ish oak
200ish cherry
some misc woods

Around me this is a very good price. The boards are on average 7-9 feet long with some shorter and some longer, all 4/4 or 5/4.

I think I will be kicking myself if I don't buy it but it is quite a bit of money right now. My only problem is that the Cypress is something I have no idea what I would do with. Through email he said he would sell without the Cypress but would like to up the price since Cypress is the cheapest of the woods in the lot.

Unfortunately he didn't take the bait and give me a price, he asked me what I thought would be fair. SOOOOOO....

Do I buy it all? if so what can I use cypress for other than outdoor stuff. Can I build furniture for my kids like bunkbeds, or is it more of a soft wood like pine? Nothing against pine but I prefer to build out of Oak or something for that.

Or do I offer a price for the rest, if so how much per bf? he says it is close to 1000 bf without the cypress

I also need a jointer and he has a 6 inch jet JJ-60S, but he wants $400 for it and I think that is WAY high from what I have found on the net. maybe some sort of package deal? by the way this is 4 hours from my house so I can't just swing buy and look at everything.
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Buy it all and sell some- offer 2750 and you will take it all-inc jointer- bet you can get for 3k. Hell the worst he can say is no!! It will take a large trailer and PU to haul though. I rent a tandem axle uhaul for $60 a day when I have a large load. Firemedic would be the one to talk to about cypress.

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That's a fairly significant amount of wood, and quite a bit of money.

The price per BF sounds good if it is nice lumber. When you get into the price range he is in, and that quantity it is a pretty narrow market.

If the wood looks good I would offer him $2500.
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I only have one picture to go off of, but it looks like good lumber to me.



I have a dual axle flatbed trailer that I can use, and I have pulled more weight with my truck so it should be fine.
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That sounds dirt cheap to me. I would be all over that in a heart beat providing I get to see it in person. No obvious checking or anything. Looks like a few boards have some decent cups and twists though.

Is it kiln dried? How long has it been stored?

Let us know what you decide!
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That sounds dirt cheap to me. I would be all over that in a heart beat providing I get to see it in person. No obvious checking or anything. Looks like a few boards have some decent cups and twists though.

Is it kiln dried? How long has it been stored?

Let us know what you decide!
It is air dried but he has had most of it for a few years. I'm not too concerned about that because I won't need a whole bunch of it this summer and I have a nice place to store it.

He said he has about 1,000 bf without the cypress, so I offered him $2,000 cash for the boards and the jointer. I know it is a bit low but that is all part of negotiating (I hope :)). The main problem that I told him is that I have to drive 4 hours just to get there so I can't see the boards beforehand. The good thing for me is that he lives in a very rural area and he is trying to sell a lot of lumber, probably not many buyers.
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Cypress?

You can make some nice stuff out of cypress that won't rot.
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As shown above, cypress is a good wood for many things. I would not leave it out of the equation.

You have a place to store all of it so that critical problem is solved.

I would take it all. Sell what you do not want at a somewhat higher price.

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Because of the sheer amount of lumber and me having limited time to actually build things (I have a 4 year old and 2 year old twins), I made a deal with him to buy all the non-Cypress lumber (~1000bf) for $2,300. Hopefully when I get there it lives up to the description he gave me so I don't have to drive all the way back with an empty trailer
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I built a dining room table out of cypress. Beautiful wood IMO.
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adirondack chairs on my back porch.. cypress is great finished or let to age out gray naturally..
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Keep in mind storing that quantity of wood is not easy.

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