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Forum topic by Sailor posted 06-06-2010 03:18 AM 6866 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sailor

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06-06-2010 03:18 AM

Hey guys, not sure if this is where I am supposed to post this but it seems like the best spot.

Anyways, I just looked though Craigslist and I have found an ad for some rough sawn oak. I have never purchased anything like this and I was wondering if this is a good deal?

Here is the short ad.
“Approximatly 500 board feet of Oak in various lengths and widths. Has been sawn to slightly over 1 inch in thickness to allow for planning to 3/4 inch thickness. Some boards are alread surface planned . Asking $450 or best offer”

What do you guys think?

My local dealer sells Rough Souther Oak FAS for $2.49 if that helps. Seems good?

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch


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#1 posted 06-06-2010 03:29 AM

Sounds like a good price to me

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 03:30 AM

Go look at it, but bring the cash. That is a great price for oak. Better hurry.

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 03:32 AM

ask if it was air dried or kiln. probably air dried. either way that is a good price.

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 03:32 AM

What should I be checking for? I know split boards and badly bowed or warped boards. Anything else?

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 03:37 AM

air dried is less stable. Kiln dried is usually 6-8%, air is usually 8-12% or sometimes more.

Just plan for the expansion and contraction if it is air dried.

I made my cedar chests that I have posted from air dried cedar. Jut fyi

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 03:42 AM

He also has 700 board feet of rough sawn aromatic cedar, 100 BF of which is already planned and is ready for use. There are also two 10 inch x 3 inch x 12 foot slabs. All for $525 or best offer. The oak is also “or best offer”.

How does that sound?

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 03:46 AM

tooldad,

Wow! That cedar chest is beautiful!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! http://woodworkingtrip.blogspot.com/ Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SailingAndSuch

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rance

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 03:49 AM

From a mill might be a good price, but from CL you don’t always know what you are getting. Looks like a fair amount of twisted boards in that stack. You can almost assume he’s not a professional given the way it is stacked. At the very least, it shouldn’t be sitting directly on the concrete. Depending on where you are, rough sawn oak can be had a dime a dozen. It seems a little IFy to me. Compare with other CL lumber finds under “Materials”. Do some more homework before you JUMP. Hope this helps.

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 04:08 AM

That’s a decent price but it all depends on how much waste you have, knots, end splits, twisted boards and cupping all lead to alot of waste, 20% waste will cost you a hundred bucks. It’s hard to get an idea of how much waste you will have unless you go thru it board by board. Some times what looks like a good deal turns out not so great when you start planning it.

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#10 posted 06-06-2010 04:13 AM

Well if the lot has some bad boards I would shoot him a lower offer. The ad states the price or best offer, should I start my offer at about half of the asking price?

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 04:54 AM

Sailor, it really just comes down to “is it worth it to YOU?”. Take a step back and look at the pile (as opposed to properly stacked wood) and ask yourself if you believe you can use it to build a few projects. Also ask yourself if it is too twisted to make it worth your time. And lastly, ask yourself if you can get equal value somewhere else?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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