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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2014, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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What to look for when purchasing lumber from 3rd party

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The person above is listing Cherry and Walnut lumber on craigslist for 1 a bf. It has sat in his barn for over 25 years. It is hard to tell by [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]pictures[/COLOR][/COLOR] but I am guessing it is not a high grade and it seems like some are very rough. I see some have the bark on the sides which my wife will like because she does like the live slab/rustic type look. Will these be good for that? What should I look for? Unfortunately I do not have a moisture meter. It seems like a good idea but do the condition of the boards make it not worth it?
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I see some pretty nice lumber with a couple pretty wide live edge slabs.
I would look for the obvious: cracks, straight and flat and excessive knots.

From what I see I would consider that a good buy.

Depending on your planned usage, I don't see how you can go wrong.
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To me it looks like a lot of small pieces with very very few straight edges in the lot.

Figure it will take a lot of work to get anything useful. I would guess 50% waste in preping.

If you can use small pieces then it is probably a good buy.

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Thank you all for the replies. I did end up purchasing about half of it, a lot of slab walnut to make the wife happy. Very good point about the sizes, I made sure to get ones that were at least 4 feet majority being 6 to 7. I found out the hard way with bugs. I purchased some cherry and walnut at an auction. Once I got home I noticed several tiny holes in the cherry sapwood. It turns out it was infested with woodboaring beatles. So this time I made sure to look this over the wood very carefully. That experience is what made me post on here; to see if there was anything else I should be looking out for.
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