Need help with lumber price

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Blog entry by Built2Last posted 08-01-2009 06:42 PM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you know, I got my sawmill running,
Now I need to sell a little bit of the red cedar I have sawed so far. Mostly 4/4 and a little 8/4.
This was sawed from logs that have been cut for a few years so it’s pretty much dry now.
The problem is I have no idea what red cedar sells for. I can either sell it rough sawn or I can planed it down.
If anyone knows what red cedar sells for I would appreciate it if you let me know. I plan of putting some pen blanks on ebay and see what they will do.

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 07:53 PM

I am a few hours up the road from you. Middle Tn. Nashville area. I buy my lumber from local sawyers here and in Ky. All my stock is rough. Cedar was ‘bout 1.10bf for 4/4 last time I bought any. I’m thinkin’ it was in April of this year. Goes up in the fall …..comes down in March or so. Been that way since I can recall. Hope this helps. Really like your wood demon…...and looks like you have a nice young group of able bodied helpers!!! Bill.

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 07:58 PM

Thanks Bill that helps a lot!!

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 08:04 PM

I can’t really help you with price but I can tell you that stock looks pretty good from the pictures. On par with the #1 & btr stock I am used to seeing. Good luck with your mill I hope things work out. It seems the economy has been pretty tough on certain businesses esp. sawmills.

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Chris Wright

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 08:19 PM

This site has price lists for what they sell there lumber for

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 08:40 PM

You know, you can find this sort of pricing information online, its the magic of ‘the Google’.
For Example Hearne Hardwoods has the following:
Cedar (Aromatic) 4/4 Unselected 4” to 8 1/2” 8’ to 12’ $3.00

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 10:10 PM

I don’t feel like internet pricing is comparable. you get professionally graded, kiln dried material there. they can also sell to anywhere. a buyer should get a discount unless you offer all these services. I’d say craigslist is more of a benchmark for selling air dried lumber that is milled as a hobby/parttime business.

Just my opinion.

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 10:13 PM

Ah the beautiful two eyed wonder I love that contraption well done brother I wish you were my neighbour. all you would hear was TIMBBBBBBBBBBER Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 03:51 AM

I’d like to find a piece or two of that 8/4 stuff. I’d like to turn a few bowls from cedar.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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