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Forum topic by supergrover posted 12-20-2009 07:44 PM 1804 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2009 07:44 PM

Hey All….

I am new to the site and would love to get some feedback from all you guys….

My family has a sawmill in NC and I have got almost an unlimited supply of all types of lumber…
Like pine, pop, cedar, walnut, cherry, maple,hickory, and most everything native to the NC & SC…

I love working in the woodshop and building odd and ins that the wife thinks we desperatley need…

The question i have for you all is….. What should i do with the lumber to make a little extra spending money?

build projects and try to sell them? if so.. what will sell?
just sell the lumber? if so…where’s the market?
build a big bonfire? at least i will save on home heating cost?

all of your ideas or suggestions would be greatly apprreciated…


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#1 posted 12-20-2009 07:46 PM

You could send some to me LOL…......

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 12-20-2009 07:53 PM

i think u should sell everything on or, u can sell both board feet of lumber and projects things like picture frames and trinket/jewelry boxes sell also little stuff like tables and chairs anything u build thats hand made should sell if the price is right and the pieces come out looking great (not doubting your skillz or anything). if u do start selling lumber please keep me informed i would love to get some wood on the cheap?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 12-20-2009 08:04 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.
There are numerous answers to your questions:
Post pics showing the lumber and list pricing. LJ’s has a subforum wherein you can list stuff for sale.
If you’ve got a website for your sawmill, include a link to the site.
There are several (numerous actually) woodworking sites wherein lumber sale listings are highly desired.
First to mind, other than LJ’s is: Woodnet, NC Woodworking (how ‘bout that? :-P), and Sawmill Creek.
Also, the materials (mat) Subform on your local

Making things for sale from the wood and making money on it depends on lots of variables: how good you are; how fast you make them (my wife says the quality of my work is good but I’m too slow at it); how skilled you are at marketing your wares; etc.

So long as you have the time and energy, you can try some or all of the above.
What have you got to lose? ;-)

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 12-20-2009 08:15 PM

Where in NC? Would like to see what you have.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-20-2009 08:32 PM

Now THAT was the smoothest commercial segwey I believe I have seen on LJ. KUDOS!

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#6 posted 12-20-2009 08:55 PM

Me, Me, Give it to Me. You’ll feel better

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 09:18 PM

We buy lots of wood from NC, Steve Wall and Wall Lumber are there. Give the personal service and prices of Steve and you have customers waiting.

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 10:11 PM

poroskywood and also barlow are just two LJ members that sell top quality wood here and back it up with great service… without the other and you won’t last very long in my world .If you don’t want to get involved in the whole shipping and handling part , then just sell it on Craigslist or similar sites for Local pick up only. Is your wood kiln-dried or air-dried ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 12-20-2009 10:39 PM

I am approx. 30 miles west of Charlotte,NC….. when i said i had an unlimited supply…. i was really meaning.. for the little bit of time I have to do woodworking projects i have more than enough lumber for what i will be working on… The family owed mill primarily cuts skids, cross ties, and hardwood for the pallet industry in my area… As nice 8” – 12” wide clear white and red oak boards 8 to 12 feet long roll on the mill carriage its all i can do the try and save them from being put in pallet material… along with solid walnut, maple,and cherry…as i have saved these for years my pile is started to get a lil big for me to work up… I AM NOT TRYING TO plug a commercial business or compete with other users on their products and service… all I was looking for was you all’s opinion on wether to sweat in the shop or sell the lumber out right… So.. sell Good, rough sawn, airdried lumber @ for example $2.00 a bf or build something with it and get $3.00 a bf and yet added more labor and time…

Thanks for all that have responed…

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 02:17 AM

I was joking supergrover. It’s all good.

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#11 posted 12-21-2009 06:32 AM

SuperGrover was my sons hero back in the 80’s…tooo funny …...nice flashback to when they were little though : ) Thanks

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 12-21-2009 02:22 PM

There is one other thing you can do with that lumber!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 04:50 PM

whats that mike2? shine it up real nice….. turn it sideways…. and stick up straight up…..

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#14 posted 12-21-2009 05:01 PM

I’d try by posting it on craigslist – easy, doesnt require you to do anything other than post it online.

see what kind of reaction you get from that post – if it sells – more power to you as you dont need to put much work into it, and you can clear up some space for you with some extra $$$ in pocket.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 12-21-2009 07:01 PM

Posting “What should i do with all my lumber?” on LJ’s? That’s like dropping a bag of blood into a shark tank, isn’t it? Now, I’m not saying any of us are sharks, but am I really the only one that started salivating when I saw that? My eyes still aren’t focusing quite right (daydreaming about lumber).... If you want a quick, definite return on the wood, sell it, it appears that you already have no shortage of offers. But if you think you want to start building something, for self, gift, or for sale, then by all means, join the ranks!! Either way, it appears you’ve come to the right place. And on my Christmas List you will find Walnut, Cherry, Maple….. and Hickory for turning tool handles. :)

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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