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Posted on Rough Sawn Cherry Lumber - Milford, MI

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#1 posted 10-26-2012 08:30 PM

ok now you need to know how to figure board feet as most people looking at this kind and this amount of lumber will be talking about board feet as the unit of measure.
To find board feet of a certain board… let’s use the very FIRST one you have listed…

Board Feet = (width x length)/144 and then multiplied times thickness
5.5×108 = 594
594 divided by 144 = 4.125
4.125 times the thickness (5.5) = 22.6875

So there are over 22 board feet in just 1 of those 7 “beams” you have that are 5.5 by 5.5 and 108 inches long

What you have is called Air Dried (as opposed to Kiln Dried)

Prices vary quite a bit based on where you are, but I’m in western new york (not far from Niagara Falls) and right now there is a lot of air dried cherry available here for about $1.50 a bd ft..
Again, find someone in your area that knows what local prices would be, but around me, one of those 5.5×5.5 pieces would fetch about $34. You have 7 of them so those 7 pieces here would bring about $238.
The 6 inch wide boards, ALL of tehm together would be around $175 (at $1.50 a bd ft)

I’m stressing AGAIN that prices in Michigan may be quite different, but that gives you at least an idea of how to figure out exactly what you have. The condition of the boards themselves is hugely important as well. If they have insect damage or active insect infestation, if they have any rot that needs to be cut out, etc. Those would be bad, obviously.
Sometimes the wide boards like the 12 inch and wider will bring a premium price if they are nice from one end to the other. Stuff like that.

That help?

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