Wife wants carpet, Cherry has to go

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Blog entry by Coup posted 04-30-2008 10:00 PM 1126 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two years ago I had about 1000bf of cherry cut for hardwood floors in my old farmhouse. The wife hates cold floors and has not budged on wanting carpet. I’m no woodworker by any means so It’s got find a new home. I live near Rochester in New York. I have no idea what it is worth. All I know is that there are no knots, it air dried for two complete summers in my barn and all of the boards are 1” thick and 6” wide.

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 04-30-2008 10:35 PM

Shipping to the left coast would kill me, otherwise I’d be on this like a bulldog.

Wow, think of the possibilities! I’m extremely jealous of whoever picks this up.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Mark D.

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#2 posted 04-30-2008 10:57 PM

Likewise… I’ve found the hardwood pickings here in the middle of the desert to be rather slim…. The dealers that are around have sub-par lumber at premium prices… Too bad you’re not in say… California, Arizona, or Utah… I’d be there with a truck/trailer and a fistful of cash by nightfall.

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 11:01 PM

same with me as the previous to. shipping would kill. i do have to order away for my wood as the big city isn’t the best place to get exotics, only the regulars. thanks for the post though. I’m sure that someone will pounce on it!

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#4 posted 04-30-2008 11:04 PM

The wailing you don’t hear is me pulling my out that I can’t take advantage of this!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 11:18 PM

I would love to know how much you guys would pay for this timber as i think i could get a good price to ship it to the uk

Please let me know



-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 05-01-2008 12:36 AM

Wish I could buy, but I’m trying to use up what I have before I move. Most retailers are charging $7-10 per board-foot for good cherry. Your problem is that you’re near Buffalo, which is a large lumber selling area (who knew, right?). If your cost was less than mentioned above and you can get away with selling it for around $5-6 per board foot, you could get rid of it fairly quickly. Another question would be, do you need a tax wirte-off? If you don’t need the cash right away and would like to take a wack out of your taxes, donate it to your local highschool wood shop and ask for a receipt detailing the full $10 per board foot retail cost, plus transportation, and storage costs. Could be a win-win for you and the community. BTW, GO BILLS!!!!

-- A novice at the craft and loving every minute!

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#7 posted 05-01-2008 12:42 AM

Time to trade in the wife ;-)

Just kidding. Another idea is to see if there is a habitat for humanity who would like to have it or maybe there is a local architectural salvage place.

You’re 6.5 hours away from me. If I had cash, I’d be there at lightspeed.

Wide cherry that’s aged that well is hard to find.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 01:11 AM

I would sell it for 6$ a board foot. Not looking to get rich. This is nice stuff and anyone loading it doesn’t like a board I’ll just set it aside. Don’t have to sell the whole lot to one guy either. If anyone just needs only 250 board feet then that is fine too. Not to many people have 6k to just drop on wood. Just hope to see it go to good use. Anyone seriously interested I can e-mail pics of it.

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 03:07 AM

Get your wife thick slippers and keep the wood.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#10 posted 05-01-2008 04:10 AM

I am in NY, own a carpet store, will barter with you.

-- Zipsss

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#11 posted 05-01-2008 08:58 AM

I like Betsy’s idea.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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John Gray

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#12 posted 05-01-2008 05:05 PM

Yes to Betsy’s idea!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 05-01-2008 06:13 PM

Leave the Cherry down and carpet over it. Then once you tire of the carpet, spill a few gallons of koolaide on it. Tell her you can either spend the money to get new carpet again or you can just pull it up and have the beautiful Cherry again. :)

And Betsy’s right. Slippers are warmer, cheaper, and look better on wood than carpet. :)

-- Brian (Woodworking n00b)

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#14 posted 05-01-2008 09:16 PM

Take up woodworking of course !!!


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#15 posted 05-02-2008 06:49 AM

Go for it Ze’ev I could use a few BD Ft of cherry along with the Elm.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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