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Forum topic by mortalwombat posted 08-06-2015 02:35 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2015 02:35 PM

I’m super excited! A friend of mine manages the warehouse for a massive woodworking company. They are downsizing the physical size of their warehouse, so they need to clear out a bunch of stock. He is giving me a lot of it (for free!). He’s got a selection of hardwoods, which I will take as much as I can load up. He’s also got a lot of veneered plywood, veneered MDF, raw veneer, and possibly some melamine.

The problem is, I can only take so much. I have a flatbed trailer with a two ton rating, and haven’t even built a lumber rack in my garage yet (that’s probably what I’ll be doing this weekend). So the question is, what would you take and what would you leave behind? I am thinking I may take more than I will use right away and sell a lot of it at a really low price to help me buy a new planer or something, or I may just leave it behind and let someone else get the rest.

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 06:37 PM

Id have a tough time not taking it all. Id stack it on my wifes side of the bed if needed. If youre going to sell some you should kick back to the guy hooking you up. At least a bottle of good hooch.

Lookin forward to some pics.

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 06:44 PM

Sounds like a great problem to have. Where are you from? What is common versus rare in your area could play a large role in determining what’s worth grabbing and what’s worth leaving.

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 06:47 PM

Why not but one of those metal carports (about $700), stack them in there. It will be easy for buyers to see it without entering your house. Once you are done selling the lumber, sell the metal carport as well.


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#4 posted 08-06-2015 06:48 PM

I’d rent a truck and take as much as they want to give me.

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 07:17 PM

Gotta agree with the others. I’d have a hard time walking away from ANY of it. I’d want all they’d give me. If push came to shove, I’d consider renting one of those storage closets for a short time till I could build racks

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 08:14 PM

Storage is only part of the problem. The other problem is hauling it. I have a two ton limit on my trailer, and depending on what’s there, I definitely have 2 tons worth.

I live in the Reno/Sparks area, and yeah. A nice bottle is definitely in line. I already know what he likes ;)

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 08:30 PM

Do you realize that 2tons is 4000 lbs? 4000 lbs is a heck of a lot of wood!

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 08:45 PM

More than one trip is out of the question with the trailer?

If it was for one load, rent larger trailer or a Uhaul or something.
I’d do what I could to get as much as they would be willing to give away. and not leave anything behind.

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 08:45 PM

the stack of laminated plywood alone is nearly as tall as me…

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 08:49 PM

I suppose more than one trip is a possibility. The concern is that I have to unload the trailer and get back at a reasonable time for him. I don’t want to make him work around me to get rid of that stuff. I am trying to be as accommodating as possible for him.

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 08:52 PM

As much as everybody says, “take it all!!!” I’d ask yourself what sells on Craigslist? Sure you can get a stack of 3/4” plywood as high as your head, but who is buying plywood on Craigslist in that quantity? I’m not saying it wouldn’t eventually sell, but maybe it takes six months and in the meantime you have a stack of plywood you don’t have enough room for already.

Take what you want for yourself. Take what will sell easily for the money.

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#12 posted 08-06-2015 09:00 PM

If I had the room I would rent a forklift to unload it with at home saves time and your back . . . .:)

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#13 posted 08-06-2015 09:10 PM

Just think about the hardwood for a minute. It is not getting any cheaper. It seams every time I go to the lumber yard, the price has gone up. I am not talking about the big box stores.

I think I would take all of the hardwood possible…and maybe a few sheets of the plywood. :-)

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#14 posted 08-06-2015 09:33 PM

Where are you located? I bet someone on here would be willing to “help” by taking some of the wood (in exchange for manual labor, help hauling, unloading, etc).

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#15 posted 08-06-2015 11:54 PM

Take as many trips as you can without inconveniencing the guy. Use the plywood to build a new pole barn to stack all the wood if you have to. I’d start with the hardwood depending on the species and enough plywood that you think you could use eventually. I’d buy a temporary structure to keep as much of it as I had room for or rent storage.

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