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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 03-10-2010 05:29 PM 1359 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2010 05:29 PM

I know there are others out there that are just like me. Maybe it is tools, maybe it’s handplanes, maybe it’s lumber… who knows. I’m just wondering, at what point do you feel so drawn to buy something just the deal is so good, regardless of whether you really need it?

Here is an example. A guy near me is selling 100 bd ft of maple for $250 (all or nothing deal) and it is almost enirely clear. Depending on what part of the country you are in, you may or may not be able to get that price at a local sawmill. Near me, maple isn’t all that common. It retails for $6 a foot. What makes this “special” in my eyes is that all the boards are 10ft long ant 15”-20” inch wide 5/4, material. If I could get a special order from my lumberyard, I’d probably pay $10 a foot or more.

I know several things.
1) I have a decent amount of good lumber already
2) I have no projects calling for this species or size of lumber (although I’d love to try a pie crust table)
3) I need to save my money
4) I don’t have much space for storage
5) I obviously don’t have a jointer this wide, and I don’t have a planer this wide either, so the premium width is meaningless.

I’m still feeling the need to call my wife and see if she is ok with me making another purchase. I really need help.

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 05:34 PM

Make the purchase and beg for forgivness. : ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 05:35 PM

Take it and resell it!

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 05:39 PM

buy it ,

job security !

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 05:40 PM

Lew has it right sell the stuff thats to big or you wont need for the pie crust table take a pic of each board and sell them individually


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#5 posted 03-10-2010 05:45 PM

I think we have all been there if you can find a place for it and you can afford it go for it.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 05:55 PM

I think you will find that nearly everyone will say’ “Go for it!”. When I get lumber I usually buy at least 100 bf at a time. You will always find a use for the lumber down the road. You can always rip the wide boards to manageable width/length. As far as storage goes I am sure that you can find someplace.

About a year ago my supplier needed to unload some FAS kiln dried maple and cherry for $2.00 a bf. So I bought 100 feet of the maple and 200 of the cherry. I really did not have any place in my lumber rack for the lumber but managed to get it up in the attic- one board at a time.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 06:20 PM

Just to clarify, when I say I need help, I’m mostly talking about the professional kind. LOL. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 06:31 PM

BUY IT…......I would.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 06:35 PM

It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is for permission.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 06:40 PM

Where is this at? NO, Don’t buy it! (just p.m. me the contact info… :-)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 06:44 PM

Sometime within the rest of your life you’ll probably want maple, so just think that all your doing is saving some money now instead of having to spend more later. Just like buying groceries that are on sale.

-- Matt -

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 06:52 PM

I wouldn’t do it if it were bananas … or roses … or dry ice … but this is wood.

I’d be all over it.

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 03-10-2010 07:01 PM

Screen name Hokie=Virginia=Richmond=craigslist (“100 board feet of 4/4 maple, that is actually 1 1/4+ inches thick! 15” to 20” wide!!!!!!!! 10 feet long, FAS grade, most pieces have no blemishes what-so-ever. This is an all or nothing deal. $250. call Christian”)

If that’s the deal you are talking about, I (and I am sure many others was also looking at it with interest), if you hesitate, it will be gone. :)

These are the ads that you need to just buy and then gloat about it…... ;)

I see this guy is also listing 1000 BF cherry/walnut 4/4,6/4 8-10’ lengths, 6”-14” widths between$2.50-$3.50. Looks like he started out with 2100 BF and is down to 1000 BF.

-- Rob-Yorktown "Shop's still not done, Tools are bought, Wood is bought, need to find time to start a project.."

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 07:11 PM

Buy the wood and put a new large diamond ring on the top of the pile I’m sure the wife won’t complain.

I have passed up a steal of a deal a couple of times and always ended up kicking my self afterwards. Something about opportunity knocking.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 07:33 PM

You are correct about the location. I’m 99% sure that I’m going to resist this time, but I have bought from Christian before (mostly walnut and some cherry) although most was 6” wide material. I can say that I’ve been pretty happy with what i’ve gotten in the past. It is important to note what grades he is offering though because you wouldn’t want to compare when he sells common grade lumber against the FAS stuff you’d find at a retail location.

I think the point of this post might have been missed. I was mostly looking to hear others stories about deals like this and whether they ended up happy about it or not. I think my last line saying that “I need help” might have given people the wrong idea.

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