Chestnut Logs

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Blog entry by Bill St.Pierre posted 12-10-2011 03:47 AM 2927 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been doing woodworking now for about 25 years and have finally realized I am paying way to much for lumber. I started doing alot of research on portable saw mills but I just couldn’t see spending that kind of money on a mill. I work as a construction superintendent and I am always having to take down tree’s to make way for whatever job we are doing. I started saving the logs here at my home and just recently relized I need to cut them into lumber before they start to rot. So after getting prices to saw the lumber I made the $20,000.00 investment and bought a new Timberking sawmill. My wife still is not talking to me!.I am friends with an owner of a construction co. that does demolition work. He called me a few weeks ago while I was sitting in my tree stand and told me he had some old logs he took down from an old barn in southwest Va. Really didnt think I wanted them but he thought he would ask anyway before they ran them through the grinder. I went up a few days ago to see what he had and my heart dropped. 217 16’ by 10” American chestnut logs. I asked him if I could take one home and saw it on my mill to see what it looks like and he said that was fine, just hurry up because I want them out of here he said. So after milling the smallest log he had I came up with 60 bf of beautiful chestnut lumber. So now what, I have to tell him what he has here because I dont want to steel them. So I called him and told him he had some pretty valuable lumber and he might want to get someone here to apraise it for him. He asked how much money i had and I told him I might could come up with $3500.00 for all of them. Sold! Get them out of here he said. So now I have 9000 bf of beautiful chestnut to sell and have no idea how much or where to start. If anyone has any ideas I would love to here what you think. Oh’ and my wife is talking to me now.

-- Bill St.Pierre@St.Pierre

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 04:39 AM

So, even at $3.00 / bf you are money ahead and have a free sawmill!!!! Now that’s falling into the dung pile and smelling like a rose!!! As far as selling fast, you may consign through a local mill or specialty sawyer who has the clients that would pay premium for this. As far as big profit, online it and get the word out to high end furniture shops. Oh, don’t forget, go try to buy some of what you have and see how high it is.
Good luck, it looks like you already have it but a little more can’t hurt.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 04:46 AM or a local paper is a good place to start. If selling thru craiglist, mke sure to have the interested party call you…Soo many scammers online who use email.

Chestnut goes for $5.25 (1000 BF) – $7.50 (200BF) in your area as lumber planks. Put small turning blanks on ebay as well

Or, if you are in the Christmas spirit, give it to me as a present :-) great find! Super wood gloat

-- Regards, Norm

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