Missed Opportunity

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Rustic posted 1252 days ago 872 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

11 comments so far

View tyskkvinna's profile


1307 posts in 1570 days

#1 posted 1252 days ago

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

-- Lis - Michigan - -

View Peter Oxley's profile

Peter Oxley

1426 posts in 2458 days

#2 posted 1252 days ago

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.

-- -- --

View lew's profile


9915 posts in 2339 days

#3 posted 1252 days ago


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.

View David Craig's profile

David Craig

2130 posts in 1692 days

#4 posted 1252 days ago

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.

View Rustic's profile


3125 posts in 2180 days

#5 posted 1252 days ago

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

View ratchet's profile


1281 posts in 2371 days

#6 posted 1252 days ago

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.

View shouldwood's profile


42 posts in 2742 days

#7 posted 1252 days ago

Dang. Sorry to hear it.

View lilredweldingrod's profile


2495 posts in 1690 days

#8 posted 1252 days ago

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

View degoose's profile


6958 posts in 1938 days

#9 posted 1252 days ago

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

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

View fernandoindia's profile


1069 posts in 1527 days

#10 posted 1251 days ago

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

View tyskkvinna's profile


1307 posts in 1570 days

#11 posted 1251 days ago

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

-- Lis - Michigan - -

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase