23" wide by 8/4 Purpleheart PLEASE HELP!!

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Blog entry by Built2Last posted 07-10-2010 01:25 AM 5611 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend who wants to sell me some purpleheart. It’s roughsawn 8/4 with some being up to 23 inches wide. It is select stuff, no knots great lumber. Since it’s so wide would it be worth more and what would I do with pieces that wide. He has some other widths of 8/4 and 4/4, they range from 10 to 16 foot long. Would the longer pieces be worth more per board foot. I need to know what to pay and if I have to buy all how much trouble it would be to sell the wide stuff as I don’t have machines to mill pieces that wide. I can’t find any this wide anywhere to compare prices.
Help would be appreciated. I am meeting him in the morning.

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 01:51 AM

8/4 boards that wide and that long have to be really heavy. Retail for 8/4 ro purple heart should be somewhere around $6 to $8 a board foot. Of course it depends are your area and what kind of premium the seller feels the width should bring. I enjoy using P.H. but in small projects.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 01:53 AM

the longer stuff is always longer (LOL) !
you need to edit .
sounds like a great deal wider is good
you know ,
bigger is better !

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 02:18 AM

I buy 8/4 at $5.75 BF rough here in Atlanta. You will need a couple strong men and a mule to load those. Purpleheart is very dense and heavy. I can’t imagine trying to pick up 23” wide stuff. The weight and shipping costs may make it cost prohibitive to sell it out of state.

If it were me, I would rip it down to 6” – 12” wide pieces, keep some for myself and resell the rest to hobbyists a little at a time. You just need to get the price down low enough to make a profit.

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 04:11 AM

the width is really of no matter…whatever the going price is is what there really worth…ive had lumber of different species and asked the same question quite awhile ago of a sawyer…he told me that the width was not a factor…the price per board foot is what you should have to pay…as the others said…cutting into workable widths would be to your advantage…and selling some to the hobbyist or whoever would like some…you got a nice deal…that much purple heart is going to be fun to have for all kinds of projects….enjoy….in fact…if your feeling generous to any of your fellow lumber jocks who live fairly close….im sure they wouldn’t object to a few pieces…LOL…..grizzman

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 04:29 AM

My rule of thumb when buying lumber that I don’t really use. 1/4 of the price at lumber shop is a good deal.
Only because if you have a project and go and purchase what you need. Probably very little extra. But if you are buying it to have it ON HAND you are storing it, maybe a long time. Ask yourself 3 questions:
1.) What is the cost of storing it ?
2.) Do you have space to store it ?
3.) Will you really ever use it ?
I have used purple Heart very few times. !st time I realized how dull my blades were, how HARD Purple Heart really is. Beautiful when finished.
Best of Luck in your dealing tomorrow.

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 04:59 AM

50 -65 pounds per cubic foot...that will be a real bear to handle….I’m almost positive that you don’t have the equipment to resaw 8/4×23 ” PH and you can only make so many table legs with it : ( I know I would be hard pressed to turn away from a deal like this myself , but , if you don’t have a good use for it , don’t buy it. Ask me how I know….

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 02:31 PM

If its roughsawn it will likely need planing. There is quite a waste factor there.
Do you have a plane? If not you’ll have to pay someone to do it.
If it was planed, knot free and dry it would be, perhaps $6-$8 / BF.
Where was the wood grown?


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#8 posted 07-10-2010 03:29 PM

Very wide boards typically sell at a premium, depending on the species. You might be able to sell the wide stuff for 25%-50% more than narrow boards. I wouldn’t rip them down at all.

-- Gerry,

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#9 posted 07-14-2010 08:30 PM

Retail for purpleheart is much higher here in Canada, probably double what has been posted here…

It would make great outdoor benches, that’s what I am doing with some of mine.

It is a fun species to work with!

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