Walnut for a Drill

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Blog entry by David Murray posted 12-27-2009 05:47 PM 1295 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 06:25 PM

I think, call him and let him know of the mistake and the proper way to make the calculation, I would be happy for the wood, versus a cluttering drill press, you both got what you wanted, and he may just offer to make up the difference.
By the way I once traded a broken Ryobi bandsaw for a working Craftsman Drill Press. My freind found a 3 dollar capacitor and installed it to make it a working bandsaw again. Good things happen to good people.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 06:27 PM

I would contact him and make him aware of his mistake, and explain your concerns.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 06:34 PM

If you are planning on getting more of the wood, I would call him and explain that he miscalculated. If he’s an honest guy, he will probably make it right. Nice score by the way.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 06:58 PM

I would be happy with that trade. However since the negotiatied barter was 50 bf not linear feet, I would be sure to call hime and explain the difference. I wouldn’t necessarily demand that he make up the difference, but if he has a back bone he will gladly. Especially since he is hogging 800 bf (I guess only 400 but still) of good ole American Walnut.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 07:12 PM

yes, definitely call him.

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David Murray

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#6 posted 12-27-2009 07:27 PM

After thinking about it, I sent an email to him explaining to him how to calculate BF and a link to a web site for that purpose. I am planning to buy another 50 BF or so. If the price stays at $1.50/BF and not LF, I’ll probably pick up another 100 BF.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#7 posted 12-27-2009 08:09 PM

Keep us posted if he did or did not make good on the deal

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#8 posted 12-28-2009 03:59 PM

Is the Walnut in good shape?
$1.50 is a nice price if it is decent.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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