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post #1 of 7 Old 12-13-2018, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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There is a local classified posted for a stack of hardwood lumber at $70. The stack includes Oak, Walnut, Cherry, Mahogany, Maple. Based on the picture alone, does this price seem fair? How much would you pay?

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-13-2018, 04:06 PM
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My best guess from the photo is that' s around 40 bf. Could be way wrong, but looks like a pile about 1.5 high by 3'wide by 8' long to me. If my guess is even close, then less then $2/bd.ft. Looks as though its surfaced with decent edges so I'm thinking its a good deal.

But, it depends on the type of woodworking you do. If you do hobby sort of work and you can use a variety of woods, then grab it. For someone that makes smaller boxes, does some turning, laminates different woods and just needs to have a supply of different woods, this would be great.

I tend to do slightly larger things so I like to buy my wood at one time and mill it together, but I have the machines to do so. So, I'd pass.

Its a good deal though, and a very fair price. Also, it looks to be locally sourced hardwood, no exotics (other then the piece of mahogany) which I think is important.
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not a bargain, I would offer half that or walk. but I live in a hardwood forest...
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As best as I can see in the picture there is 7 rows of wood. If most of it is 5' long the stack appears to be 30" wide. My guess is there is 60-80 board feet there. That would be a reasonable price however since it's a mixture you may not have enough of any one species to build a project without buying some wood to go with it. The wood is 4/4 so board feet and square feet are the same thing. If you go look at it measure the stack and see how many square feet of wood there is.
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Looks to me like there are boards in there that are thicker than 4/4. The top piece looks like 2x and only about 3' long.(really guess there) There is another thicker, shorter board next to that one. A lot of the boards are narrow.


There is some value there, but I am not sure it is $70.


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I guess folks value things different and that is normal. That being said, I personally would give him $75 for that lumber. I like to make small things and there is plenty of wood there for several projects.

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It would help if we knew where @wborange lives.

Because wood is dense and heavy, it costs a lot to transport to areas where it isn't native. If you live where the wood grows, it is cheaper. If you buy the wood yourself in a lumber yard, you get to choose the boards you want. That has a lot of value in itself.

Compared with wood prices in my local area, it seems like a fair price, but no bargain. I would offer $50 or walk away.
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