Wood Gloat

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Blog entry by superstretch posted 01-17-2011 12:46 AM 1235 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Almost a year ago I went to an estate auction where they were selling off loads of wood on the ground. I had my dad’s truck and since no one was bidding on them, I left with 5 loads of wood for $1 each. I even made my money back by selling a 1”x1”x48” piece of curly maple for $10. The 5 loads went over the bedrails of the truck and some pieces of butternut extended another 10’ past the back.

I was out in my barn tonight taking some pictures of some saws I have (also from the same auction) and was looking for some extra walnut I might have laying around. I stumbled upon these—one 33.5”x6.5” and one 31”x6.5”—pieces of mahogany (Please correct me if I’m wrong). I used my cell phone, so the picture quality isn’t that great.

Also in the same truckload of wood, I got an 18’ long butternut board and some cherry slabs- one of which is 16”x48”, with one live edge.

Just for curiosity’s sake, how much would that mahogany go for?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 01:17 AM

Yep, looks like mahogany to me.

Thickness might help price it. You could call Woodcraft for a price?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 01:33 AM

4/4 mahogany is listed at $7.50 at Northwest Lumber in Indiana (just up the road from me). I don’t shop there frequently, but that price seems about right for lumber retailers.

-- David from Indiana --

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 05:13 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I was going to sell it if it was getting more than $10/ft (I have QSRO coming out my ears) but I found a guy liquidating his mahogany for $3/ft and teak for $5/ft so I’m picking up some stock tomorrow.

You can’t see it in the pic, but the right end of the longer piece is a live end. Out in the cold (10 deg F) they were perfectly flat, but in the house, they have a bit of a twist to them. I imagine they’ll settle back down in a day or so

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 07:07 AM

If you have genuine mahogany, it goes for $14.99/bd ft. However, Mahogany Santos goes for about $10.99/ bd/ft. Depends on where you are. I live on the west coast and mahogany is a lot more expensive out here.

Dfdye … Northwest Lumber has some nice prices ….. thanks for the link

-- Don

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 08:50 AM

Excuse me, Dan. This is not a wood gloat, this is a wood glut. If you give me your address, I will be glad to alleviate the problem for you. lol Henceforth, you will be know as Lucky Dan. lol

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 08:50 AM

I can get african mahogany for under $5 a bd ft. So yeah, definitely depends on what species….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 03:19 PM

Haha don’t know if glut is a good thing or bad thing. The gloat isn’t just about the mahogany though. It includes the heaping truck load of good lumber for $5, including that big cherry slab and some excellent walnut and butternut pieces. The mahogany was just a surprise, since I didn’t know I had it for almost a year.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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