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Forum topic by kerfsurfer posted 12-27-2016 01:49 PM 423 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2016 01:49 PM

I am chainsawing mahogany (genuine and hybrid) flitches in Puerto Rico and would like some input on pricing for the pieces. Would like some suggestions for the 8/4 pieces that are air dried.

-- Kerfsurfer, NY


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#1 posted 01-10-2017 12:10 AM

Are there other folks selling similar flitches in the area? Wood prices are really variable depending on where the wood is and where the customer is. Hope you get some good answers.

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 12:05 PM

Yes, price all depends on what happens to it after it is cut. The goal is to have it processed correctly and get it to the rich buyers. The same piece of wood could be worth $25 or $2500 depending on what happen to it.

Those pieces are thick – so they need to be dried correctly. Thick crotches often crack badly right in the figured area. Either sell them cheap and get your cash and be done with them, or find a really good kiln operator and pay to have them professionally dried to increase value. Wood imported from Puerto Rico may have to be inspected/fumigated or be kiln dried and finished. Not sure on that point.

Then you need to get them to the largest market. NY is a great place to start. Advertise them in the markets with money for the highest price. Genuine mahogany of the highest quality can run $25 per board ft or more.

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