I decided to get rid of a few of my older tools that I have upgraded from. I put them on craigslist. I have never listed anything there before so I wasn’t sure of the response I’d get. I had 6 items to list, the first a 12” Delta bench top drill press that I bought back in 2001. Still being in real good condition I listed it for $75, well before I had the 5th item posted I got a phone call and 2 emails. long story short I was offered a trade for some walnut lumber. So I called the guy up and he offered 50 BF of 1×6” boards, that’s $1.50 per BF to equal what I was asking for the drill press. So I said come on down, he arrived right at supper time, I had the drill press all ready to go so we unloaded the lumber and loaded the drill press and off he went, both of us happy. This morning I was thinking that He had not calculated BF correctly. I went to the shop and measured the boards(which I didn’t do at the time of the trade). All are 6” wide, and 1” thick. I got 66 linear feet which by my calculations is 33 BF. Which works out to $2.27 per BF, still a great price, I poked around on the web and the best price I could find for rough cut walnut was $4 per BF. Even though I am happy with the transaction should I call him and let him know that his BF calculations are wrong. He said that he has another 800 BF and if I wanted more to call him and he’d give me the same price. He thinks $1.50 A BF is actually $1.50 a linear foot. Although an honest mistake should he sell to some one else if they don’t calculate BF on the spot they’ll be getting half the lumber. Not sure how to approach this if at all.
-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"