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post #1 of 5 Old 07-01-2020, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Salt Cedar burl slab

I came across some large burls of salt cedar. Beautiful wood!!! One slab is 60” x 18” x 2 1/2”. A couple wants me to build a coffee table out of it. What does salt cedar burls run a board foot? I can’t find any info anywhere.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-02-2020, 07:48 AM
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welcome to the forum, Wes.
first, we don't know what part of the world you are in
and we don't know the lumber prices in your area.
indeed, that will make a gorgeous table top !!
not much info on the net about that wood. but, from the google photos that
I see, Saltcedar (Tamarisk) is not a tree - but a very invasive "bush" of sorts.
how did you come about getting it ?
you really need to research the wood to insure it is what
you think it is, how long has it been cut & slabbed, yada yada yada.

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Fancy! That's a pretty nice slab mate


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post #4 of 5 Old 07-06-2020, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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I got a call from a girl I went to high school with who is an amazing woodworker. She had gotten sick and told me if I give her $500 she will give me all of the slabs. I asked to see pics and she had her brother take some. I saw 13 slabs of what looked to be decent wood. I said ok I’ll come get them. When I got there we loaded 64 pieces of wood. Salt Cedar is poisoned by the BLM down here in New Mexico. It’s everyw. I used to use the branches as sorting sticks when we’d work cows on our ranch. I’ve never seen one anywhere netthat size. I asked her about the slabs and one of her friends from the area sold them to her. That’s all that I know. I also got ironwood, walnut, alligator Juniper, elm, some different fruitwoods . Went to the local slab house called Exotic Woods andwas informed that this was rare to have such a big burl like that because they usually crack and rot. It measures 18.8 bf and he said he’d sell it for $30 bf,
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well, if you have a price of $30bf in the rough, from a reliable source,
there is your base price. build the retail price from there with the cost
of your labor and materials to process it all the way up to the finished project.
shoot the price to the prospective customer and go from there.
good luck.
looking forward to seeing some of your other slabs and definately
some of your finished projects.

and again, welcome to the forum.
this is an open forum with all levels of skills and talents.
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if you would like to know more about something, you can start a new thread.
we like to see photos of projects to share with others.
when addressing specific issues or concerns, sketches, drawings and photos
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when you get time, you can complete your profile through the "User CP"
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first name) that will show in all your posts.
looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

we would much rather see posts of: "How do I do this"
~ vs ~ "How can I FIX this" . . . .

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