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Blog entry by Rustic posted 02-04-2011 04:24 PM 1380 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I had and opportunity to bid on some 4/4 soft maple. It was 6 1/2 inches wide and 8 feet long and there was 70 brd ft of it. Starting bid was $5.00. I decided not to bid on it because I just did not have the room for it. So now my mission is to use the wood I have to make room for the good stuff. Just thought that I would share my agony. The auction was at a local company in Grand Rapids, MI

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 05:18 PM

Where is this? I’m also in GR and would love to check it out!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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Peter Oxley

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 05:47 PM

I feel your pain! I’ve had to pass on several good buys because I either didn’t have the space or the spare cash.

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 06:02 PM


I suppose geographical areas make a difference but around here 4/4 hard maple goes for $3.20 bdft. So maybe you could have gotten a better deal.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 06:34 PM

Lew, I think the starting bid was for 5 bucks for the lot. We have a mill that is central between Rustic and I, the price you quoted is about right for this area as well. Bidding would have went much higher than the 5 bucks, but there might have been a deal in there. Over 150 and the deal would have not been as sweet since the quality of the boards could vary.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 06:57 PM

Lis it is they are out behind the 76thst truck stop. on Gordon industrial drive.

lew Dave is correct the starting bid is always set at 5 bucks. The stack i seen on line was a huge stack. They also had some red and white oak.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 10:20 PM

No regrets. It simply was not meant to be for you at this time. Take it from me, you can have so much wood in your shop (and all around it) that finding apce to work on projects done becomes highly problematic.

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 10:26 PM

Dang. Sorry to hear it.

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 12:30 AM

You need a friend like my Buddy Charlie Mock. He is not a lumberjock, we have just been friends for a long long time. He came by and dropped off a 25 foot truck box with a Maxon lift gate. Now I can keep my pine and other less expensive wood in it and the GOOD stuff in the shop. With the lift gate, I just park the forklift next to it and jump the battery to the lift system and I have elevator access to the goodies.

If we weren’t so far a part, you could have 1/2 the space and racks for this. Rand

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#9 posted 02-05-2011 06:55 AM

I know how this feels… I have no room… too much timber… need to cull some to make room for some other species..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 07:52 PM

That´s a deal for me. I paid a month ago USD 18/bf of hard maple. 12 Bf in 2×5.

I am not prepared yet to make dust out of it.

But still have a lot of room for woods. You may want to email or fax me any leftovers !

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 10:18 PM

thanks! I have never heard of this place before, I’ll be checking it out for sure :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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